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ADVANCING SURI GENETICS

Donna Anderson & Dick Walker
2771 Byrnes Rd.
Touchet, WA 99360
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Breed Standards

What is a breed standard?

A breed standard is a document that delineates the physical attributes of an exemplary Suri Alpaca. In the most basic terms a breed standard codifies in words what breeders see in their minds when they visualize a beautiful Suri. Click here to read complete article.... read full article



Breed Standards - Milestone for the Suri Industry

Everyone involved should be very proud of having contributed to this accomplishment

The establishment of this standard is a beginning, not an end. It is the beginning of focusing the SN on the continued, orderly improvements in the quality of Suri alpacas in the U.S.A. In the past, the SN has been known primary for its focus on the preservation of the Suri. Click here to read complete article.<... read full article



EPDs and Classification: How do They Relate?

Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) and classification: how do they relate? Good question! let's start with an explanation of EPDs. They are about a male's ability to pass on a specific heritable trait to his progeny (offspring). Let's say I have a male with fantastic luster and I want to know how likely it is for his superior luster to get passed on to the next generation. This would be valuable information to know when deciding when females to settle with this male. This is where EPDs come i... read full article



Megaesophagus in Camelids

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Recommended Practices in Caring For Alpacas

Recommended Practices Llamas & Alpacas

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Skin Biopsies

A Breeder's Perspective

I'll admit it: I'm a data hound and I'm hooked on skin biopsies! So, as I speak with other Suri breeders, I'm always amazed when I hear the responses from people, who don't run this test: "It's too expensive," "I can tell which of my animals are dense just be feeling their fleece," or "The judges loved my animals, and that's all that really matters." Click here to read complete article.... read full article



Suri Industry Perspective

Putting the Suri industry in perspective for new as well as established Suri breeders, can be a very useful exercise. For all of us in the Suri business, knowing where we come from and what the present looks like can facilitate a better understanding of our potential. Click here to read complete article.... read full article



Value Added Traits for Suri Alpaca Owners

Maybe the value added tax (VAT), a tax based on services or products consumed, could be recast as Value Added Traits (VAT) by Suri breeders and owners. Then VAT could be considered as a benefit and an advantage, and not a punishing tax as is normally associated with the terminology. Click here to read complete article.

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What is a Breed Standard?

A breed standard is a document that delineates the physical attributes of an exemplary Suri Alpaca. In the most basic terms a breed standard codifies in words what breeders see in their minds when they visualize a beautiful suri. Click here to read complete article.... read full article