Winter 2016

Alpaca Embryo Transfer

The Ins and Outs of Learning a New Skill. By Jude Anderson, Pucara Alpacas

IN my 25 years of alpaca experience, 2016 was a standout year of learning, excitement, joy, frustration, disappointment and above all, great personal pride in an achievement I had dreamed about but thought would be unattainable. And, like most things worth doing in life, it’s a work in progress. Alpacas continue to teach me that there’s always something new to learn.

British and European alpaca breeders may be aware that cria produced using embryo transfer have not been able to be registered on the USA register. Having been involved in ET on our farm in Australia since 2003, we felt very comfortable with the concept and the benefits for the alpaca industry as a whole in the USA. It was amazing to be able to produce more than one cria per year from our stud females. So we were excited when the vote by the membership to allow ET cria to be registered was passed.

Time to spring into action. We were aware of the work being done in Australia by Natasha James, so we were very fortunate to secure her services over the summer and autumn of 2016.

This article can be found on Page 10 of our Winter 2016 edition, on sale now! Click here for subscription and purchasing information.

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