Benefits of a BA
The very nature of an SRS® breeding program - selecting for low primary fibre diameter and high levels of fibre density and length - automatically suggests that this is a professionally run exercise requiring considerable practical and technical skills.
Our breeding advisors provide this assistance.
They are there to design, implement and monitor the breeding program in your herd.
The breeding advisors recognise the fleece markers that indicate of high density and length - the long and thin staples of deep crimp and high lustre and softness. They know the required standards which are high. They also know how to accurately position each animal according to these criteria so that the animals can be mated precisely to achieve the breeding objective.
Breeders who try to do it on their own do not often get it right because it is not that simple to assess density and length and combine it with the other features the animals must have - good conformation, constitution and fertility.
Breeding advisors know when to call on skin tests for density and length and how to use this information to improve the breeding program. They know the top males that are available and their breeding performances. They have your commercial interests at heart. They are there to speed genetic improvement and promote suitable animals that you breed.
Breeding advisors will ask you to provide information that allows the genetic productivity of your herd to be assessed through AGE (Across Herd Genetic Evaluation). These measures provide a means of independent assessment of an animal's worth and that of the herd.
24/04/13 - Castle Hill Alpaca Show
Castle Hill Show, near Sydney, Australia, on the 9 March was another great show for SRS(R) studs. Walkley Fields (Richard Brennan) and Gunnamatta Alpacas (Sue Maynard and John Hay) had a very succesful day collecting 7 out of 10 Champions, with Walkley Fields taking out Supreme Huacaya Alpaca and Sire's progeny.
Judge Joanne Ham commented on the "super softness" of the animals.
24/04/13 - Hawkesbury Alpaca Show
Hawkesbury Show on the 20th of April was the latest in the show successes for SRS(R) herds. Walkley Fields Alpacas (Richard Brennan), Patagonia Alpacas (Ian Braithwaite and Cathi McMullen), Millpaca Alpacas (Ian and Annette Frith),Signature Alpacas(Debbie and Laurie O'Neill), Gunnamatta (Sue Maynard and John Hay) and Ngullaminya (Tom and Joan Kent) all enjoyed some fantastic successes both in the halter and fleece competitions.
Highlights of the day had to be SRS(R) breeders winning 7 out of the 10 class Championships, both sire's and dam's progeny, and to top the day off, Champion Huacaya fleece.