Professional and

Career Training Certificates (non-credit)

Fiber Sorter/Grader Basic Workshop


May 20, 2016
Springfield, Kentucky


October 7, 2016
SUNY Cobleskill Campus
8:30am - 4:30pm


SUNY Cobleskill Basic Fiber Sorting & Grading workshop is the first step in the three step process towards the Fiber Sorting, Grading, Classing certificate.

Workshop content will be focused on the practicality and benefits of proper fiber preparation at the farm level prior to processing. The class will help producers overcome the intimidating task of sorting and grading fleeces on the way toward higher yield and higher revenues. The best and most profitable utilization for each grade of fiber will be highlighted by the instructor, Wini Labreque. Wini will teach participants how to design and use their own grading/sorting reference kits.

Producers will also learn breeding and animal care tips for improved fiber quality and uniformity. The material is relevant for sheep, llama, alpaca and rabbit breeders/producers of all types and sized! Workshop time will include lecture and hands-on sorting components.


Cost: $150


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Advanced Fiber Sorting, Grading, Classing Certificate


May 21 - 23, 2016
Springfield, Kentucky


October 8 - 10, 2016
SUNY Cobleskill Campus


This three-day workshop is the second step to earning your Advanced Fiber Sorting, Grading Certificate from SUNY Cobleskill.

This 24 hour advanced hands-on course builds on the information acquired during the Basic Workshop and is geared toward the individuals that want more in-depth education and/or are interested in developing a business sorting for other owners.

A quick review of the Basic Workshop information sets the pace for the class. The mornings are more didactic and the afternoons are hands-on with the instructors giving immediate feedback on what your're seeing in the fiber. This is requirement for the apprenticeship are delineated during the class including the requirements for different sorting clients.

Students will have the opportunity to examine alpaca and wool plus other fiber types we have available.

A regional sort will follow the class.


Cost: $475


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  • Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)
  • Knapp Hall Room 143
  • Cobleskill, NY 12043
  • 518-255-5528
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  • 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
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