AlpacaGram 10.09 | EPD Producers Report

AlpacaGram 10.09
AlpacaGram 10.09February 27, 2023

2022 EPD Producer Report

Dr. Enn's Producer Report is now available online for the 2022 Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) genetic evaluation. EPDs set AOA registered alpacas apart from others around the world, providing information that helps AOA members make breeding and buying decisions that support rapid and effective genetic gain!

This year’s analysis included observations for at least one trait on 44,112 Huacaya and 9,684 Suri animals. This translates to 84,752 huacayas and 18,222 suris for a total of 102.974 alpacas with EPDs.

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.

Be sure to download and archive your EPD report for 2022 (previous EPD calculations are not archived).

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 on Alpaca Academy or watch the educational videos by Dr. Enns.

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