Overall Comments

  • 04/13/2016 8:55 AM
    Reply # 3951542 on 3933972

    I would also like to extend my thanks to the committee for all of their hard work.

    My question is regarding the behavioral section. While we would all love to have alpacas as described in this section, calm and easy to handle, I feel that many issues with behavior aren't the result of breeding decisions but rather the environment in which an alpaca is raised from birth. In a small herd, such as ours, the cria are handled frequently and have much more human interaction than cria born on a large farm where this type of handling isn't practical. I've noticed this between young animals purchased from large farms as opposed to the ones raised on our farm from birth. Over time those purchased animals settle down to some degree but are not as easy to handle as the others. Should this be considered as a breeding decision? I would agree that alpacas with a natural tendency toward human aggression be carefully considered when making breeding decisions, but even then, is that aggression the result of a fault in their genetic makeup or a result of their environment?

  • 04/09/2016 7:30 AM
    Reply # 3937696 on 3934882
    Tim & Beth Sheets (Administrator)
    Laurel R Shouvlin wrote:The first part of the introduction referring to breeding suri male to suri female is a half truth. Factually, as we all know, you can get suri phenotype by crossing a suri with a huacaya. Perhaps this should instead say something along the lines of "The Suri Network members strongly believe that it is important to preserve the suri genotype by breeding suri male to suri females", since I think that is really the intent of that language in the first place.
    Excellent point, Laurel.  The intent of the Suri Network is to preserve the Suri genotype.  In fact our mission and tagline has long been "Dedicated to the preservation of the Suri breed".  I will recommend that we change the wording as you describe.
  • 04/09/2016 7:26 AM
    Reply # 3937693 on 3936123
    Tim & Beth Sheets (Administrator)
    Deb Christner wrote:
    Deb Christner wrote:
    A big thank you to the committee, who gave of their time and brain cells to work on this project.  I have a couple of questions.


    Is the new document meant to replace the prior document or an additional way to present the Breed Standard?  


    If it is a replacement my fear is that breeders will not purchase the accompanying reference materials.  I believe the illustrations incorporated in the Breed Standard Document are important and should not be eliminated.  


    I'd like to know the thought process regarding the elimination of illustrations if this is a replacement Breed Standard.




    Thanks for your comments, Deb.  I'll attempt to answer your questions.  The proposed revision to the Suri breed standard is intended to replace the current version.  One of our goals was to streamline the standard and make it more readable to the Suri breeder.  The first thing the committee did in the revision process was to review more than a dozen other livestock breed standards from around the world.  One thing we noticed was the simplicity of these documents and we thought the Suri standard could benefit from this as well.  We attempted to create a standard that was easy to read and understand without too much detail.  A breed standard is not a scientific document, but more a a general guideline for breed improvement.


    You will notice that we kept the conformation and fiber traits that define our breed.  We also thought it important to mirror the traits that we adopted in the SHIP program.  We did, however, expand the standard to include a discussion on maternal traits and behavioral traits.  We thought should be addressed because they also help define a successful breeding program.


    We do see value in details like the diagrams from the current standard. That's why we make reference to sources that provide that kind of detail.  We also discussed creating our own reference document(s) that would supplement the breed standard and could include the diagrams. We could make this available at no charge.



  • 04/08/2016 10:14 AM
    Reply # 3936123 on 3935983
    Deb Christner (Administrator)
    Deb Christner wrote:
    A big thank you to the committee, who gave of their time and brain cells to work on this project.  I have a couple of questions.


    Is the new document meant to replace the prior document or an additional way to present the Breed Standard?  


    If it is a replacement my fear is that breeders will not purchase the accompanying reference materials.  I believe the illustrations incorporated in the Breed Standard Document are important and should not be eliminated.  


    I'd like to know the thought process regarding the elimination of illustrations if this is a replacement Breed Standard.




    Last modified: 04/08/2016 10:16 AM | Deb Christner (Administrator)
  • 04/07/2016 4:08 PM
    Reply # 3934882 on 3933972
    The first part of the introduction referring to breeding suri male to suri female is a half truth. Factually, as we all know, you can get suri phenotype by crossing a suri with a huacaya. Perhaps this should instead say something along the lines of "The Suri Network members strongly believe that it is important to preserve the suri genotype by breeding suri male to suri females", since I think that is really the intent of that language in the first place.
  • 04/07/2016 4:00 PM
    Reply # 3934876 on 3933972

    I really like the new format with the 3 different columns

  • 04/07/2016 8:34 AM
    Message # 3933972
    Britt & Patty Hasselbring (Administrator)

    Please share your overall thoughts and comments to the proposed Breed Standard revisions.

    Last modified: 04/07/2016 8:35 AM | Britt & Patty Hasselbring (Administrator)

  


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