Friday, August 13, 2010

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR FIBRE?

(HALF OF OUR ULTRAFINE FIBRE FOR A YEARS GROWTH.......SO WE ARE PRODUCING WHAT THE MARKETPLACE IS CALLING FOR!
AS I WAS SAYING IN MY BLOG YESTERDAY, THERE IS A MARKET FOR OUR FIBRE, AND THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING HARD, THAT DESERVE RECONITION FOR THEIR EFFORTS.
BELOW WITH PERMISSION OF PAUL TO PUBLISH THIS LETTER.
tHERE IS A MARKET FOR YOUR FIBRE, AND THERE IS A MARKET FOR THE ALPACAS THAT PRODUCE THAT FIBRE.
aLL ALPACAS WILL PRODUCE THE BEST FIBRE THEY CAN PRODUCE IN THE FIRST TWO TO THREE YEARS, AND THEN WITH THE DRAIN OF PRODUCING PROGENY (MALE OR FEMALE), THEIR MICRONS MAY STILL COME UP WELL ON HISTOGRAMS, BUT THEIR FLEECE MAY NOT APPEAR AS GOOD AS WHEN THEY WERE YOUNGER.
bUT THEIR PROGENY IS WHAT WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING AT, THESE ARE THE ALPACAS THAT ARE HIGHLIGHTED AS PRODUCERS OF THE FIBRE THAT WE ARE SEEKING TO MAKE WHAT ALPACAS ARE FAMOUS FOR, THE MOST LUXURIOUS FIBRE IN THE WORLD, WITH QUALITIES OTHER FIBRES DO NOT EXHIBIT.
PLEASE READ THIS LETTER FROM PAUL, AND IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE FIBRE THAT WILL MAKE THE GRADE ALSO IN OTHER COUNTRIES, AND BETWEEN THE NUMBERS YOU CAN MAKE UP A FEW BALES, THAT HAVE MET THIS GRADE THEN AGAIN WE CAN SOURCE THIS FIBRE ( THAT HAS BEEN WELL SCRUTINISED AND SORTED TO MAKE THE ULTRAFINE BALE), BUT ALSO YOU ARE RECONISING WHAT ALPACAS YOU ARE WANTING TO KEEP AS YOUR PREMIUM PRODUCERS, (WHETHER IT BE FIBRE OR PRODUCERS OF THE PREMIUM FIBRED PROGENY).
lOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE.

Dear alpaca breeder,
I am writing to you as you are either a contributor to the Ultrafine Bale Scheme, or someone who has previously indicated interest in breeding alpacas for the premium end of the fibre industry.
Since the commencement of the Ultrafine Bale Scheme and the 'Premium Alpaca' workshops, AAFT has continually received requests for recommendations on which particular stud males and females should be purchased in order to breed towards premium fibre. Some requests have come from overseas. In all cases, I have had to resist making any recommendations in order to comply with Fair Trading legislation and normal business ethics. Clearly, however, it would be in the best interests of the alpaca fibre industry that we facilitate trading of those alpacas that are suited to this prestigious market. At the moment, there is no facility that focuses on such alpacas, nor is there a facility that incorporates a test for a 'minimum standard' when trading alpacas.
Consequently, AAFT will be creating the 'Premium Alpaca Marketplace' page on our website ( www.aaft.com.au ). The page should be running within one week. The idea is that prospective buyers can list the specifications of alpacas they would like to purchase, while prospective sellers can list alpacas they have for sale. The proviso for listing alpacas (wanted or for sale) is that they be suitable for breeding towards premium fleece, and therefore, should refer to AFD, SD and comfort factor stat's. Obviously, we would like to see GIFT test analysis as a criteria for selection, although we will not make this mandatory, (see 'GIFT testing' on our website). Any alpaca listed for sale must have a recent AAFT fibre test completed. The determination of suitability for breeding premium fleece will be made by me, and will be based on subjective and objective appraisal of available traits.
The Premium Alpaca Marketplace service will be provided at no charge. To insert details of alpaca/s you want to buy or sell, simply email me with the details of the alpaca/s (max of 40 words) and your contact particulars. Breeders will make direct contact with the other breeder to effect any sale. When you have bought the relevant alpaca/s or, alternatively, sold the alpaca/s, let us know so we can update the page.
I should make it clear that AAFT will not be accepting the role of broker, nor will be taking any responsibility for any decisions made in relation to the trading of alpacas from such service. However, all relevant fibre test results will include our usual 'Statement of Assurance'.
I hope you eventually find this service of benefit to your alpaca breeding. As many of you know, it is something I have talked about for a long time.
By the way, AAFT will have a stand at the 2010 National Show at Tamworth where we will have an update on the Ultrafine Scheme and, hopefully, some product to show you. I hope to see you there.
Kind regards
Paul

Paul Vallely

Australian Alpaca Fibre Testing

PO Box 246

Crookwell, NSW. 2583

Australia

Ph: (61) 2 48342132

Website: www.aaft.com.au

Email: info@aaft.com.au