THE FIRST CRIA, conceived by embryo transfer, that can be registered with the American breed society, will be born in July.
The Alpaca Owners Association in the USA has always resisted artificial reproduction and ET and AI cria could not be registered. This all changed in April when new policies and procedures to register such cria came into force. Those cria will have ET at the end of the alpaca name just as we do through the British Alpaca Society register.
Pucara Alpacas have a countdown ticking away on their website to the birth of a suri cria sired by Pucara Kahuna’s Tully. They say online that they are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the cria that is a result of harvesting an embryo from one of their stud females Madiba’s WCF Emma Lou.
Jude Anderson of Pucara Alpacas wrote about how she was learning the ET technique in the Winter issue of Alpaca World magazine. She wrote: “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.
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