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Understanding the limitations of technology in assessing and measuring fiber, there is still validity in obtaining some measure of objectivity, particularly in one's own herd.  With that in mind, the following resources are offered without any endorsement.

Types of test

This list is for services that test with any of: Sirolan LaserScan, OFDA100, and OFDA2000. All tests will supply you with AFD, SD, CV, a distribution histogram, and curvature.

The OFDA100 can report on medullation/opacity/kemp in white and light fleeces, while the OFDA2000 reports staple length and AFD up the length of the staple. According to "the OFDA People", the LaserScan and OFDA100 will measure within ±0.2 micron for 20 micron wool, while the OFDA2000 will measure within ±1.2 micron for 20 micron wool.

It should be noted that there is some debate about sample preparation with regard to results for the OFDA2000.

In alphabetical order:

Alpaca Consulting USA
Address:
Alpaca Consulting USA
1540 San Bernardo Creek Road
Morro Bay, CA 93442
Testing Method(s): OFDA2000.
Scour before sending sample: Not required for samples sent from within the US.
Sample prep by tester: Unknown.
Pricing:
01-06 samples USD$15.00
07-XX samples USD$12.00 per sample
Contact: Ian Watt, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 805-772-1774
Website: www.alpacaconsultingusa.com

Australian Alpaca Fibre Testing (AAFT)
Address:
AAFT
PO Box 246
Crookwell, NSW. 2583
Australia
Testing Method(s): OFDA2000. OFDA100 and LaserScan additionally available on the same sample from another Australian testing service for $3.50 per sample.


Samples must be cleaned (scoured) before sending, along with a declaration regarding the cleanliness and weight of your samples. The cleaning, according to AAFT, involves soaking your sample in hot water with laundry detergent for 20 seconds, "shake" for 5 seconds in the detergent+hot water, then rinse under clean hot water. The cleaning process will not affect their testing.
Sample prep by tester: Samples are washed in a hexane bath prior to testing.
Pricing: 01-10 samples USD$7.00 per sample
11-30 samples USD$5.00 per sample
31+ samples USD$3.00 per sample
Contact: Paul Vallely, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: www.aaft.com.au

Olds College Natural Fibre Centre
Address: Natural Fibre Centre Testing Laboratory
Olds College Centre for Innovation
4500 50 Street
Olds, AB T4H 1R6
Canada
Testing Method(s): OFDA100
Scour before sending sample: Olds College is in Canada.
Sample prep by tester: Unknown.
Pricing: (Using an exchange rate of 0.99). For either regular AFD ormedullation test:
01-25 samples CAD$7.50 USD$7.43 per sample
26-50 samples CAD$7.00 USD$6.93 per sample
51-XX samples CAD$6.95 USD$6.88 per sample
For both regular AFD andmedullation test:
01-25 samples CAD$11.50 USD$11.39 per sample
26-50 samples CAD$11.00 USD$10.89 per sample
51-XX samples CAD$10.95 USD$10.84 per sample
Contact: Ruth Elvestad, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 403-507-5206
Website: www.oldscollege.ab.ca/schools/ocsi/NFC/natural_fibre_factsheets.htm

Yocum-McColl
Address: Yocom McColl Testing Laboratories Inc
540 West Elk Place
Denver, CO 80216-1823
Testing Method(s): OFDA100, LaserScan
Scour before sending sample: Not required for samples sent from within the US.
Sample prep by tester: Unknown.
Pricing:
01-025 samples USD$9.50 per sample
26-50 samples USD$9.00 per sample
51-XX samples USD$8.75 per sample
Contact: Angus McColl, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 303-294-0582
Website: www.ymccoll.com

 
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