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1 National Animal Identification System (NAIS) Prepared by the Camelid ID Working Group, Education/Outreach Subcommittee Berry Acres Llamas

2 Camelid Industry Brief Overview ~300, ,000 camelids overall in the US: Registered Llama/guanaco/cross-breeds 157, 803 Registered Alpacas 86, ,857 Top 4 alpaca farming states: OH, WA, OR, CA Top 4 llama farming states: OR, CA, TX, WA Average herd size is less than 50 animals Intl. Lama Registry

3 Camelid Industry Brief Overview contd Major record-keeping organizations: Registries: Alpaca Registry Inc. International Lama Registry, Inc. Owner Assoc. - Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assn Show Assoc. - AOBA Show Division - Alpaca & Llama Show Assoc entered in ALSA shows 2005

4 Growth of the New World Camelid population in North America YearNew Regis.Total Registered New Regis.Total Registered ,700 est , , ,33949,047 5,768149, , ,170154, (to 7/31/06) 11,02586,054 3,109157,803 Alpaca Registry Inc.Intl. Lama Registry

5 CWG Accomplishments Since 2005 Established a web site: Web site contains a generic Power Point file for use by any camelid group, explaining NAIS Issues press releases Conducted owner survey Spring 2006 to determine current use and preference of method of ID in camelids Camelid ID WG

6 Industry Survey – Major Findings Method of ID: 67.5% responding have at least one animal identified with a microchip 93% prefer to use this method over any other in future Implant Site: 61% currently use base of either ear, many other locations also used 57% prefer base of left ear for recommended site Movement Tracking: 50% say not enough detail to make decision on tracking entity 33% willing to spend less than $1 over animals life

7 CWG Recommendation to USDA #1. For participation in the NAIS, the Camelid ID Working Group (CWG) recommends the implanted microchip as the preferred method for identification of camelids. (approved by industry 8/18/06) Based upon current Registry statistics ~50% registered alpacas microchipped ~10% registered llamas microchipped Preferred method per industry survey (93%)

8 Future Tasks Three Subcommittees established: Specifications on implanted microchips Details on movement tracking Camelid epidemiology Conditions for industry participation: * Grandfathering in of existing chips * Confidentiality of data * Minimal cost to producers

9 Implanted Microchip - Details Insertion site(s) to be used? Chip frequency to be used? Move to ISO? Universal scanner availability is critical Phase-in timeline if move to ISO? Determine what data element to use for AIN Alpacas Magazine

10 Movement Tracking - Details Determine reportable vs recordable events When to report and to whom? Can registries track for that species? What role might show associations have? Berry Acres Llamas Leraso Farms

11 Industry Concerns with NAIS Cost to producers for both identification and tracking Increase in number of rescue animals? Confidentiality of information Reduce the level of interest in owning camelids? Regulation of industry S. Bramblett

12 Questions or Comments?? Contact the CWG Co-Chairs: Dr. Julie Jarvinen Office: Home: Teri Nilson Baird Cell (303) Home: Broken Windmill Ranch Wellspring Suri Alpacas,LLC

13 Pat Sullivan, Star Sapphire Ranch


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