Fleece production, fibre characteristics and spring liveweight in adult alpaca, tui and cria farmed in the South Island are reported. The shearing and fibre classing techniques are also described. Liveweight at shearing was 63.9kg, 65.7kg and 67.8kg for 1989, 1990 and 1991 respectively which is markedly increased from the South American records. The latter two years are significantly (p<0.05) higher than the initial year (1989) following importation. Clean fleece weight was similar in the latter two years, averaging 1.8 kg, but fibre diameter was significantly (p<0.05) coarser from 25.2
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 52, , 243-246, 1992
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