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
Prepared by the Camelid ID Working Group,
Camelid Industry Brief Overview
~300,000 - 325,000 camelids overall in the US:
• Registered Llama/guanaco/cross-breeds 157, 803
• Registered Alpacas 86, 054
Top 4 alpaca farming states:
OH, WA, OR, CA
Top 4 llama farming states:
OR, CA, TX, WA
Average herd size is less than
Intl. Lama Registry
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
Growth of the New World Camelid population in North America
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
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
• 61% currently use base of either ear, many other locations also used
• 57% prefer base of left ear for recommended site
• 50% say not enough detail to make decision on tracking entity
• 33% willing to spend less than $1 over animal’s life
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%)
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
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
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
Industry Concerns with NAIS
Questions or Comments??
Contact the CWG Co-Chairs:
Dr. Julie Jarvinen
Teri Nilson Baird
Cell (303) 549-4434
Wellspring Suri Alpacas,LLC
Broken Windmill Ranch
Pat Sullivan, Star Sapphire Ranch