Frequently Asked Questions - All FAQs

FAQs - All FAQs

Only Advanced Breeding Services will have direct access to the data. The data regarding specific animals will be reported to the person paying for that alpaca's enrolment in the AGE (usually the owner). Others cannot access that information unless the owner releases it to them.

Again, only the person who paid for the alpaca's enrolment on the AGE has automatic access to its data. But it is planned that ownership of AGE data will automatically transfer to the new owner when a registered alpaca is sold to another member. For multiple owned alpacas data and all Reports will be handled through the 'nominated person'.

Its recorded data remains on the AGE database for the life of the Project. During that time, the new owners may forward data on that alpaca for registration on the AGE - with a payment of $5.50 (if data is submitted in an unsubsidised financial year) on each occasion that data is to be entered - if and only if they choose to do so. The further entry of data in subsequent years is a matter for the new owner to decide.

Following the arrangements made for the first year of the Project and until 30 June 2005, breeders who have historical data already collected in accordance with AGE requirements may, if they desire, record this data without extra cost - but only if it is sent in the same data batch with other data sent in that year. Please remember that there will be a separate database charge for each occasion that alpaca data is entered - but there is no limit to the amount of AGE trait data for that year that can be submitted for each alpaca in any single transaction.

The administrators of the AGE have extensive experience in the application of this program to the dairy and beef cattle industries, the poultry industry and the prime lamb industry, to name a few.

Absolutely! Male enrolments will increase the "connectivity" between larger numbers of progeny, and are therefore especially important in calculating ABVs.

Every enrolled alpaca will have an individual ABV for each trait the breeder has provided data for. Breeding Objective Values (BOVs) are derived by a simple mathematical equation that weights each ABV in line with a breeder's objective. It is therefore a simple matter to produce different BOVs for any one alpaca for different breeding purposes. There may need to be an additional fee to process more than one report for the same alpaca.

There is no cost to attend the initial AGE Awareness workshops. The breeder training seminars will have a small cost, but the cost will be minimal and only to supplement actual expenses, not to raise revenue. The seminars will be eligible for FarmBiz subsidies for many breeders, and some costs will be met from AGE funds.

The AGE is for alpaca registered on the IAR, and is partly subsidised by the AAA. Accordingly the program is primarily directed toward AAA members. However, it has been agreed that AANZ members whose alpaca registrations are linked to the IAR are welcome to participate in the AGE.