AlpacaGram 8.60 | 2021 EPD Calculation

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AlpacaGram 8.60June 25, 2021

2021 EPD Calculation

Fleeces can be tested year-round, but to have your trait data included in the next calculation, ship your samples by August 5.

Currently we have 77,027 huacayas and 16,778 suris for a total of 93,805 alpacas with EPDs. Let's break 100,000 alpacas with EPDs in 2021!

To have your trait data included in the calculations you must use the AOA Shear Report Tool. The Shear Report Guide provides step by step instructions for using our online shear report tool. After completing the information in the shear report tool and downloading your order forms visit the SGS page for ordering instructions. Contact the office with questions!

Please Note

  • New this year, SGS only requires a 2" x 2" sample from the mid-side.
  • Pack your samples in the smallest envelope or box possible to save on shipping costs.
  • We highly recommend shipping via a service that tracks shipments.
  • From member feedback, FedEx seems to be a pricier shipping option compared to others.

So what are EPDs? Expected Progeny Differences or EPDs are genetic predictions that producers can use when making breeding and buying decisions. EPDs are not unique to alpaca owners. These values are readily available on registered animals from most livestock associations. It was member feedback that led to the development of the AOA EPD program in 2007.

To learn more about EPDs and how to use the data visit the resources below.

Additional EPD Resources

Trait data is confidential on the AOA website and can only be seen by the owners. Expected Progeny Differences (EPD) data is confidential unless you choose to mark it public.

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