Cathy Merkley is a full partner in T’n’C Farms and The AlpacaLoft Fibre Studio with Trudy McCall. They live on adjoining properties totalling 18 acres near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. They purchased three huacaya alpacas in 1996 and their herd now numbers over 50 huacayas and 7 suris. They operate an alpaca store and spin, dye, crochet, knit, and felt with alpaca and other natural fibres.
Cathy is an alpaca halter and fleece judge and has judged across Canada as well as in the United States and Germany. She took some of her judge’s training in Peru and has been back to help with fleece judge training. She certified as a fleece classer in 2004 and estimates that she has classed over 14,000 pounds of alpaca fibre since then. She teaches a variety of breeder and fibre specific workshops and seminars.
Cathy is a firm believer in the potential of the alpaca breeding and fibre industry and is committed to its growth and success.