Alpaca Reproduction

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The idea of Alpaca Reproduction originated 20 years ago in Lima, Peru. The protagonist was Jorge Reyna, a Peruvian man with Inca ancestry. He was always an alpaca lover and he left his family, friends and customs and emigrated to Australia in order to make the dream come true. He has been living here for the last 17 years and has made Australia his home. He has a degree in Animal Husbandry from The National Agrarian University La Molina (UNALM), Lima, Peru with honours in reproduction. His degree was recognised by The Department of Education and Training in Australia in 2001.

While in Lima Jorge worked for 5 years for a company called Quimica Suiza S.A , introducing the hormonal line from Intervet International B.V Netherlands. During this time he was trained in The Netherlands and Mexico and acquired his knowledge of oestrus synchronisation, superovulation protocols, treatment of cystic ovarian disease and treatments to improve fertility in cattle, sheep, pigs, llamas and alpacas.

In 1999, he decided to move to Lexington, Kentucky, USA to learn about transrectal ultrasonography in dairy cows with Dr. William Silvia at the University of Kentucky. In 2001 he came to Australia as a permanent resident and in 2002 he started his Master's degree in Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney in the area of timing of ovulation in sheep, developing the transrectal ultrasound technique. It was very challenging as there was nobody able to scan sheep ovaries in the Faculty and he had to start from scratch. Six months later Jorge was granted the Loxton Scholarship to continue with his studies.

After he finished his Master's degree In 2005 he was granted a scholarship by RIRDC to work on a PhD in the area of artificial insemination in alpacas in collaboration with Dr. Jane Vaughan. Due to institutional limitations on the scope of his work, Jorge regretfully gave up his PhD studies to concentrate on setting up Alpaca Reproduction and purse a second career in digital media and e-learning. Now Jorge has become an academic in higher education working at the Faculty of Science - University of Technology Sydney and achieved a career in educational technology. He is currently undertaking his PhD In Science Education using Learner- Generated Digital Media (LGDM) as an Assessment tool.

Jorge has been working exclusively with farmers in Peru since 2007, and he has achieved comprehensive skills in the area of transrectal ultrasound, multi ovulation and embryo transfer in alpacas and llamas, sperm evaluation and genetic improvement.

Jorge's main objective is to improve reproductive techniques in alpacas to give breeders the ability to genetically improve their herds with powerful techniques like artificial insemination, embryo transfer and in vitro production of embryos. He also has an interest in nutrition and its interaction with reproduction, reproductive problems, and genetic improvement programs.

Jorge has been working in digital media industry as well for 15 years. Additionally, he does photography and his work has been exhibited in collective exhibitions at the Art Gallery of the University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, ABC Ultimo and other galleries in town. His work has been published in local and overseas magazines and websites. He is a multi-task artist doing paint on ice, furniture design, poetry, and he used to play in a band in Lima. He is a renaissance man whose talents stretch across science, arts , digital media, educational technology and lecturing.

In his free time, Jorge enjoys surfing at local beaches in Sydney. For a comprehensive portfolio of publications,  artwork, digital media and other areas of experise visit www.jorge-reyna.com

Sperm Analysis

In the case of alpacas there are no established parameters to evaluate sperm quality. Our laboratory is compiling the latest research from Peru and also doing private research in order to standardise a test to assess sperm quality in alpacas ... more

Artificial Insemination

Current limitations of AI include the lack of a reliable technique to collect sperm due to the long duration of copulation, the unique mucoid characteristic of the sperm, the low concentration and motility of the spermatozoa, and the lack of techniques to store sperm in chilled or frozen form ... more

Embryo Transfer

Embryo transfer is one step in the process of removing one or more embryos from the reproductive tract of donor females (valuable females) and transferring them to one or more recipient females (low value females) ... more

Nutrition & Reproduction

Nutrition and its interaction with reproduction is key to animal production and has been studied extensively in the rest of the domestic species, but little in the SAC ... more

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