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Posted - 01/18/2010 :  11:55:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit jo1991's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi there,

Does anyone send off their fiber samples for micron testing? If so, what do you hope to gain from getting the results?

Yes, I am trying to get this entire forum group going....I am feeling very lonely out here after getting the llamas. I am used to the alpaca side forum which is very, very busy and have learned so much from it.....we really need some input over here for the llama folks too!!!

Back to subject.....

I am planning on running micron tests on my entire herd for guidance in breeding decisions on my females.

More thoughts????

Warm regards,
Lisa Croslow
Sandy Lane Llamas
Lawrenceville, IL
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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  8:20:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit llamapyr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Lisa,
For the past 5 years I've sent micron samples out from about half of our herd. I use the results mainly for advertising (selling animals, outside breedings, and raw fiber). I also use them to evaluate breeding decisions- does the cria have fiber that is an improvement over the parent(s)? This is the first year that I'll have micron tests from the parents of a cria (who will get tested when they are shorn in the spring for the first time), so it'll be interesting to see the results. In past years, the sires weren't micron tested, so I could only compare crias to their dams. Since I only have 2 females and 1 male to breed, I don't really use them to make breeding decisions, but I do think it's a good idea. But it's hard to find males to do outside breedings with that have been micron tested, at least in the llama world!

I also agree that we really need to try and develop the Llama Nation forum to be as great of a resource as the Alpaca Nation forum!

Emaly Leak
Autumn Hill Llamas & Fiber
Fairland, IN
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