4th NOV – Improving reproductive efficiency of your alpaca herd.
“Improving reproductive efficiency of your alpaca herd”
Jane Vaughan~ CriaGenesis Australia
Jane Vaughan has been working with alpacas and llamas since 1991. Jane graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) from the University of Melbourne in 1988, gained membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the Ruminant Nutrition Chapter in 1998 and completed a Doctor of Philosophy in the control of alpaca ovarian function in 2002. Jane performs commercial embryo collection and transfer in alpacas throughout Australia and camels in the UAE. She also provides nutritional and parasitological advice to alpaca breeders in Australia.
Understanding the reproductive anatomy and physiology of your alpacas or llamas will enable you to take control of reproduction in your herd. Whether you are performing supervised yard-matings of only a few camelids, or paddock mating hundreds, it is essential to maximise conception rates so that females conceive quickly and efficiently, subfertile/infertile females are identified and treated/culled early, and unpacking (birthing) the following year is condensed and not stretched out over months.