Alpaca Breed Standards, Part II: The Commercial Production Standard
H. K. Hollister, DVM
Date of Publication:
October 26, 2015
Howling Hill Farm
This is a little bit of a follow-up to a post I wrote (coincidentally, almost exactly a year ago now) on Huacaya alpaca Breed Standards. The original post was posted on a popular Facebook alpaca forum, and it generated quite a bit of controversy (as intended).
A bit more recently, I posted this tentative outline of a commercial production-based Huacaya alpaca breed standard on the same forum. It, too, generated quite a bit of interest, though the response was surprisingly positive. Interestingly, the thing that the most people disagreed with was the line, “The only permissible color is white.” I stand by that statement. Introducing color only muddies the water when to majority of production-based alpaca breeders wish to focus on white, and it’s hard enough to breed for pure white as it is.
Read the rest of the article: http://www.howlinghillfarm.com/blog/alpaca-breed-standards-part-ii-the-commercial-production-standard
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