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.
13/06/13 - New England Alpaca Show
Four subscribers were represented at the New England Alpaca show consisting of fleeces and lead animals over the long weekend of the 8th & 9th of June. They were Glen Waverly Alpacas (Betty & Adrian Whitten), Sunline Alpacas (Jeff & Jill Willis), Towarri Alpacas (Stuart & Fiona Marshall) and Glenhope Alpacas (Bronwyn & David Mitchell). Everyone took home some ribbons from the event which attracted 44 fleeces and 136 animals. In the fleece section Glenhope entered 7 fleeces and received 3 Championships, 2 Reserve Championships and the Supreme Champion. Glen Waverly received a Reserve Championship. The judge commented on the weight of the fleeces and the quality of the presentation which is encouraging. In the animal classes Sunline received 2 Championships and a Reserve Champion and Glenhope received a Championship and 2 Reserve Champions.
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.