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Ichupampa Community Kitchen nears completion

We are happy to report that Ichupampa is rising from the rubble left by an earthquake in August 2016. Thanks to you, the Sister Antonia Memorial Kitchen in Ichupampa is nearing completion. The Quechua Benefit team was onsite last week, and the building will be up and running no later than March 15th.

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Video: The Chapel at Casa Chapi

Watch this new video to find out how Casa Chapi received its name, and how the Chapel at Casa Chapi came to be. The beautiful stained glass windows will take your breath away. Many of the local people who enter the chapel for the first time are immediately brought to tears. A production of Voice4Nations.

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The Quechua Benefit Ambassador Program: From Down Under to the Mountain Top (part two)

For the Corani EPD project to succeed in the dual goal of 1) increasing the price of the co-op’s fleece and 2) simultaneously improving the genetics of the member’s alpacas, it needed a micron measurement device. I consulted with Angus McColl of Yocom-McColl Testing Laboratories in Denver, Colorado, who recommended an OFDA 2000, manufactured by BSC Electronics of Australia.

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100% Solar Energy at Casa Chapi

Casa Chapi Children’s Village in the Colca Valley of southern Peru gets 100% of its energy from the sun. The Colca Valley gets about 330 days of sunshine a year. In October 2015, we installed a solar electric system to compliment the solar hot water heaters that were installed a few years before. These systems supply Casa Chapi with 100% of its energy needs, and we are proud that it’s entirely renewable!

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Genetic Change, Part Four: Generational Interval

Generation interval affects the rate of genetic change simply because the more rapidly one generation of improved alpacas replaces the previous one, the faster the gain. It is determined by the average age of 1) producing males and 2) females in a given herd. Alpacas have a generation interval of four to six years for females and approximately five years for males, although this interval will vary from herd to herd.

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Genetic Change, Part Three: Genetic Variation

Genetic variation is extremely important to the rate of genetic gain. The more variation for a particular trait in a population, the more potential there is for change. EPD’s allow breeders to maximize the use of genetic variation. They become a scientific way to use corrective mating together with variability between alpacas to your advantage.

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Genetic Change, Part Two: Selection Intensity

Selection intensity means being highly selective of the progeny produced by the high-quality parents you have chosen for foundation stock, and retaining in your herd only the offspring that exhibit a superior expression of the heritable qualities for which you are selecting. This ensures that breeding values will remain high and that each generation of offspring should improve.

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A peek behind the curtain: Quechua benefit’s team in action, part four

Today, the reconstruction effort is in full swing, the money has been raised, the contracts with the municipality are signed, the site is being cleared, and Dale is in Peru again to begin construction. Quechua Benefit’s wish is that the new construction, the town’s first since the earthquake, will provide people with the understanding that they are not alone. That someone sees their struggle and wants to do something about it.

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