New fibre analysis technology released
In 2005, Australian Alpaca Fibre Testing (A
Owner of A
The ideal behind Premium Alpaca Fleece is to produce fleeces with attributes that are most valued by fibre buyers, spinners and processors in order to establish a truly viable and sustainable alpaca fibre industry. The aim is to offset the high logistic costs associated with low volume, by developing a high value product.
Unfortunately, existing technologies and practices fall short of providing adequate tools to alpaca breeders to meet the challenge of premium fleece production.
In order to develop a trait analysis regime for selecting ‘premium fleece’
The feedback A
Firstly, the finer the diameter, the softer and more ‘prestige’ the fabric and eventual garment, generally speaking.
Secondly, luxury garments cannot tolerate significant amounts of coarse fibres. A useful guide is that there should be 100% comfort factor (no fibres above 30 microns) These coarse fibres become extremely problematic in latter stage processing. It was worth noting that users of the fibre did not differentiate between primary and secondary fibres. The common response was that coarse secondary fibres can be as problematic as primary fibres.
Thirdly, there should be minimal variation in fibre diameter over the fleece area. High variation makes it extremely difficult for processors to reliably produce ‘top end’ product.
This third point highlighted a major problem with current forms of fibre analysis. Fibre
Based on the above experiences and subsequent scientific research, A
The concept has been labeled Genetic Fleece Improvement Technology, or
There are three main components of the
The first component of
This component avoids the problem of focusing on one small point of the fleece when appraising the breeding potential of an alpaca. It is this aspect of
Secondly, the analysis provides the breeder with a regular fibre measurement report using a ‘certified’ scoured
It is worthy to note that ‘across fibre’ variation measurement was successfully used in a WA research project in the 1990’s. The measurement form was again successfully trialed by the
Finally, the report ranks each analysis using a benchmark database compiled from all other
Possibly, the main benefits in using
Before embarking on a
It is expected that in the near future, alpaca stud sales will be held where