SRSŪ in Alpacas
We attended our first Jim Watts SRSŪ alpaca workshop way back in 1997 at Coolaroo Alpaca Stud. You really couldn't attend a Coolaroo SRSŪ workshop without at least questioning whether your breeding philosophy and selection criteria was capable of unlocking the secrets of the pre-Spanish conquest alpaca.
Since 1997, we have used some of the SRSŪ principles to guide our breeding strategy. This means that we have placed a higher priority on increasing the fleece weight via follicle density and fleece length per animal built on a strong, well balanced frame. We pay particular attention to softness and deep crimp.
Informed by a biological understanding of how wool follicles grow -:
Our breeding objectives are:
Our selection criteria are:
We do not directly chase for low micron as we believe that under improved pastures, it is more important to select for higher S:P follicle ratios and highly defined deep crimp.