The relationship between Average Fiber Diameter and Fleece Weight production is grossly misunderstood. This video will help explain why the current fleece show scoring protocol puts finer fleeces at a disadvantage and how you can slecet your breeding match-ups to improve both AFD and FW together.
The slides below are from our 2019 EPD testing results. They provide a glimpse of how EPD’s can be used for mating selection and tracking the overall herd improvement.
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Everybody says the same thing about their alpacas. It seems like everything will “improve fineness and increase density” …. if you’re comparing it to a rock that would undoubtedly be true.
“In the day” “B.C.” (Before Computers),… Livestock breeders would have track production results for generations to identify their best-producing animals.
Since computers and the introduction of EPD’s in the alpaca industry, identifying top animals have become easier, quicker, and much more accurate.
Your bottom line as a breeder will largely be determined by how successful you are in achieving desired results in the shortest amount of time.
“DO THE MATH” EPDs enable you to predict and compare how an animal will perform and fit in among the animals in your herd and production goals.