AlpacaGram 10.06 | 2022 EPD Calculation

AlpacaGram 10.06
AlpacaGram 10.06February 3, 2023

2022 EPD Calculation is Complete

The 2022 Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) calculation is complete and online. All fleece samples submitted by the deadline are in the calculation. Dr Enns' Producer's Report will be available shortly. The coefficient of inbreeding (COI) is also available on alpacas registered before November of 2022.

Note that alpacas with no trait data submitted may still have a calculated EPD. The calculation includes four generations back from an alpaca with submitted data.

Plan Ahead for the 2023 Calculation

AOA will once again collect samples at the office and ship them to SGS. Shipping will occur every time we have a full box. You can still ship your samples directly to SGS at any time. This service is being offered to keep shipping costs down for our members when possible. The deadline to submit samples for the 2023 calculation is August 3, 2023.

Packaging Instructions for Fleece Testing

  • Samples must be 2" x 2" and packed in a snack-size zip-lock bag.
  • If you are also requesting color testing, samples must be 4" x 4" and packed in a 5" x 5" zip-lock bag.
  • Each baggie must contain the AOA shear report for that animal. Fold the report so it fits in the baggie.
  • Include the order form from SGS with the fiber samples.
  • Shipping has gone up again. The cost to ship will be determined by AOA in the Spring. As a guideline, it was 78 cents per sample in 2022.
  • An additional $3.00 per sample will be charged for all samples that don't meet these requirements. Samples can also be returned at member expense.
  • AOA will collect samples on-site at the 2023 National Alpaca Show in Denver and the National Education and Fiber Conference in Kentucky.
  • If you have questions, contact the office before you package and ship your samples!

For more information on EPDs, check out the education at Alpaca Academy or watch the educational videos by Dr. Enns.

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