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Over the years, Julie and I have done business with Michell Co., S.A. purchasing everything from alpaca tops to top coats. We visited the Michell sorting sheds and spinning plant on our first trip to Peru in 1991. More recently I was invited to visit "Los Sauces," or Mulkini, the Michell hacienda near Juliaco in the district of Puno, Peru where I had the pleasure of getting to know Derek Michell, the grandson of Frank Michell, the company's founder, Derek manages the Arequipa office of the company and his uncle, Michael Michell, manages the company's headquarters in Lima.

Read MoreA New Dawn in the Ancient Andes (1997)

Crinkle versus Crimp diagram

Mike would like to thank Alpacas Magazine for allowing him to extend the discussion of crimp, now that he has been joined by Eric Hoffman with his recent article entitled, "Curvature: Is it Crimp or Something Else?" His article takes issue with some of what Mike had previously reported, and welcomes the opportunity to expand on his [Mike's] ideas and to disagree with Eric's points of view.

Read MoreCrimp Versus Crinkle

Learn more about EPD's (Estimated Progeny Differences); including how they are calculated, recorded, and their value index.

Read MoreWhat are EPD's? (Estimated Progeny Differences)

The sustainability of the Australian alpaca industry depends on Australians adapting their alpacas to Australian conditions, irrespective of where they are situated in the country. That means alpacas in different weather and topographical areas will evolve differently. We must not allow the show industry to dictate what we breed, with no concern for where we live. Put simply, animal breeding is a combination of genetics and environment.

Read MoreEvolving the Australian Alpaca

This is a glossary of fiber testing terminology.

Read MoreFiber Testing Terminology

This is the first part of the glossary listing secion A-M.

Read MoreGlossary of Alpaca Terminology: A-M

You can read additional information about alpaca breeding standards here for Suri and Huacaya.

Read MoreThe Ideal Suri and Huacaya Breed Standards

Based on its strong association with crimp frequency, wool fibre curvature measurement holds promise as a specification, which can be used to add value to wool in production, trading and processing.  However, wool fibre shape (or curvature) is relatively unstable compared to other raw wool parameters such as mean fibre diameter, adding emphasis to the importance of defining standardized preparation procedures.

Read MoreMeasuring Fiber Curvature: Key Issues

There are major benefits of mobile mating. You can read more about the benefits of mobile mating here.

Read MoreMobile Mating

Alpaca breeding can be mastered by anyone that is willing to learn. This article discusses the basic elements required to establish a vast knowledge of breeding alpacs.

Read MorePractical Alpaca Breeding

Like many of the features of breeding, prepotency is only understood in part, but happily enough is known regarding it to enable the skilled breeder to choose animals possessing it with a reasonable degree of certainty.

Read MoreAnimal Breeding - Prepotency

This article shares additional information about pregnant females and their estimated value.

Read MoreVery Pregnant Females

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