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The Canadian Llama and Alpaca Association (CLAA) and the Australia Alpaca Association (AAA) have very detailed descriptions of their respective Breed Standards which is, in effect, what we are talking about when we are talking about conformation. Alpacas with good conformation that meet the minimum Breed Standards will be good producers and live long, healthy lives.
Below are links to the CLAA and AAA Breed Standards websites:

In Canada, there are a number of congenital defects that disqualify an alpaca from being registered. These animals, of course, should never be used for breeding. Quite often however, females with minor faults or faults due to environmental conditions will continue to be bred because of their value. For this reason, it is imperative that herdsires be conformationally sound in addition to maintaining superb fibre as they age. Alpacas have the ability to produce useable fibre well into their teens provided they are well bred and genetically sound, including beyond what meets the eye. Breed Standards do not get into current “trends” or “types” and regardless or current trends, alpacas should still meet the minimum Breed Standards.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 July 2008 06:51 )