This is a new weekly feature with a tidbit of wisdom picked up along the way after ten plus years breeding alpacas. A nugget of knowledge that you don’t have when you are new to alpacas, but years down the road seems like a pretty important piece of info worth sharing.
Not to Pick The Most Handsome Male Stud
Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover When It Comes to Choosing A Herdsire.
It pays to look past the flash of good looks and ribbons and look at the science behind the male you are considering breeding to your female alpacas. Look at his offspring, his histograms, his skin biopsies, production records, etc. The “look” of a pretty face can set you back years behind the competition if you aren’t careful.
For more specifics read How Do You Know Which Sire To Hire by Alpaca Farmgirl Katy Spears