Alpaca Reproduction

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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. Research is being conducted in our laboratory in order to improve current techniques for collecting sperm using a mannequin (dummy female) and an Alpaca Artificial Reproductive Tract (AART), testing liquefaction of sperm with novel enzymes and also testing several protocols for chilling/freezing sperm. Results show that the design of the AART is critical to obtain good quality samples from trained males. Sperm processing techniques to liquefy the sperm and extend it for AI purposes have been achieved satisfactorily. We believe these techniques will be available to alpaca breeders in Australia within a year.

alpaca sperm evaluation

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

Ai in alpacas

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

alpaca embryos

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

alpaca nutrition

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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