Fleece Testing Day 18 June 2012

Paul Vallelly of Australian Alpaca Fibre Testing led a workshop at Fallowfield on “ Fibre Testing for Genetic Improvement” as well as testing fleece samples brought by members and explaining the results.
Testing along the fibre length clearly shows fluctuations in fibre diameter over the growing season and demonstrates variations in nutrition and the well being of the alpaca. Members learnt how to interpret the detailed results which confirmed the primary importance of fineness linked to low SD when making breeding decisions. A very interesting day which we hope to repeat in 2013.