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Berry Acres Llamas. National Animal Identification System (NAIS) Prepared by the Camelid ID Working Group, Education/Outreach Subcommittee. Camelid Industry Brief Overview. ~300,000 - 325,000 camelids overall in the US: • Registered Llama/guanaco/cross-breeds 157, 803

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Berry Acres Llamas

National Animal Identification System

(NAIS)

Prepared by the Camelid ID Working Group,

Education/Outreach Subcommittee


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Camelid Industry Brief Overview

~300,000 - 325,000 camelids overall in the US:

• Registered Llama/guanaco/cross-breeds 157, 803

• Registered Alpacas 86, 054

243 ,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


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Camelid Industry Brief Overview cont’d

Major record-keeping organizations:

Registries: Alpaca Registry Inc.

International Lama Registry, Inc.

Owner Assoc. - Alpaca Owners & Breeders Ass’n

Show Assoc. - AOBA Show Division

- Alpaca & Llama Show Assoc.

• 3300 entered in ALSA shows 2005



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CWG Accomplishments Since 2005

• Established a web site: www.camelidid.org

• 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


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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 animal’s life


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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%)


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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


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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


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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


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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


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Questions or Comments??

Contact the CWG Co-Chairs:

Dr. Julie Jarvinen

Office: 515-294-0869

Home: 515-292-3829

[email protected]

Teri Nilson Baird

Cell (303) 549-4434

Home: 303-646-4373

[email protected]

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