Armitage
Autumn 2017

The Value of Length

…Or why staple length should be a top breeding priority, By Ian Watt.

Where do you, the breeder, fibre processor or fibre buyer, value length in your prioritising of selection values? Many breeders and fibre buyers get seduced by fibre diameter (always superfine) and uniformity (as expressed by Standard Deviation or Co-Efficient of Variation), and either neglect length entirely or place it further down the list of priorities.

In reality, length should be front and centre in breeding selection decisions as well as in production profitability and buyer preference.

Some may argue this statement is simply not true, or is misleading at best, whereas a look at the role length plays in both the productivity of alpacas as well as in the quality of yarn produced from alpaca fibre shows how important it is.


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