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p style="text-align: center;">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">em>At Dougherty Creek we believe in the potential alpacas have to bring profitable returns to small farms in the US through diversifying current operations with small to medium sized herds of high end fiber production alpacas.  /em>/span>/p>p style="text-align: center;">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">span style="font-size: small;">em>/em>em style="text-align: center;">span class="Normal-C4">em>It is our mission to generate ever improving fleece quality on healthy, sound animals that will in turn produce maximum returns for commercial fiber producers./em>/span>/em>/span>/span>/p>p style="text-align: center;">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">em style="text-align: center;">span class="Normal-C4">em>span style="text-decoration: underline;">strong>Or in real world practical termsbr />/strong>/span>/em>/span>/em>strong>span style="font-size: small;">em>span class="Normal-C4">em>To breed and sell the type of alpacas that fiber operations need to return the highest profits./em>/span>/em>/span>/strong>/span>/p>p style="text-align: center;">span class="Normal-C4">img title="listing - /uploads_alpacas/10615_168815_IMG_1188.jpg" src="http://alpacanation.com/images/uploads_alpacas/10615_168819_March-2011.jpg" alt="listing - /uploads_alpacas/10615_168815_IMG_1188.jpg" width="200" height="222" />/span>/p>p style="text-align: left;">span class="Normal-C4">For each mating we select on at least one of the following fleece traits - (regardless of color)/span>span class="Normal-C5"> W/span>span class="Normal-C4">ith these selection criteria, we are now seeing considerable fleece quality improvements with every generation.  For example, in 2009 our average yearling histogram s were over 4 microns finer than our 2007 yearling average - we challenge any Midwest breeder to offer the same.  /span>/p>ul>li class="Normal-P0">span class="Normal-C6">span class="Normal-C5">strong>Increased follicular density/strong> - /span>span class="Normal-C4">As the /span>span class="Hyperlink-C">a href="http://www.srswool.com/alpacas/" target="_blank">SRS®/a>/span>span class="Normal-C4"> breeding system in Merino sheep has proven, increased follicular density puts pressure on skin follicles to produce finer fibers.  It is a given that as fiber diameter increases clip weights increase (course fibers weigh more than fine fibers).  Reversely, as the number of follicles in the skin goes up, fiber diameter typically decreases while clip weight is maintained because there are more follicles producing fibers.  Our goal is to increase the number of follicles on the body with every generation.br /> /span>/span>/li>li class="Normal-P0">span class="Normal-C6">span class="Normal-C4">span class="Normal-C5">strong>Growth Rate/strong> /span>span class="Normal-C4">- Staple length goes in lock-step with density when breeding to increase clip weight.  If the staple is short, increasing density will only take you “so far” in the ultimate quest to make more yarn per alpaca.   We place a high value on growth rate and staple length.   In our experience we have also found higher growth rates seem to improve brightness. br /> /span>/span>/span>/li>li class="Normal-P0">strong>span class="Normal-C5">Low standard deviation/span>/strong>span class="Normal-C4"> - The uniformity of the fleece is a critical commercial grading factor - the better the grade, the more you are paid - and what more needs to be said about that?   Selection for low SD effects several quality factors at once - fineness, handle, and the overall grade of the fleece.br /> /span>/li>li class="Normal-P0">span class="Normal-C5">strong>Low primary micron size/strong> - /span>span class="Normal-C4"> Like their ancestors the Vicuña, it is possible to have alpacas whose primary fibers are as fine as their secondary fibers. The smaller the difference between primary and secondary fiber diameter the finer the fleece /span>span class="Normal-C9">feels/span>span class="Normal-C4"> to the hand - this is true even when the average micron is not particularly fine.img style="vertical-align: text-bottom; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://alpacanation.com/images/uploads_alpacas/10615_15233_wp9160d9d9_0f.jpg" alt="" width="120" height="89" />/span>/li>/ul>