From their hands to yours. Alliyma, Quechua Benefit’s economic empowerment program for women, helps Peruvian women continue the ancient art of hand spinning yarn and connect to the international marketplace with their beautiful products. Your purchase of Alliyma products provides a living wage for women to break the cycle of poverty.
The Latest On: Alpacas
Join the 2019 Education with a Destination Peru Tour to experience the beauty of Peru! Meet the children of Casa Chapi and see three world-famous alpaca farms, including Don Julio’s Accoyo, the inspiration for Quechua Benefit’s founding. You can also choose to extend your trip and visit Machu Picchu. Plan now for a great trip in October.
Quechua Benefit sponsored the first ever Women’s International Shearing Contest in Arequipa, Peru. Check out the article featured in the latest issue of Camelid Connections.
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It all started at Kansas Airport, returning from being the the official colour checking assistant to senior US judge Jude Anderson during the US Futurity Show. We were joined at the departure lounge by Amanda VandenBosch, who had judged the show together with Peter Kennedy, and was now focused on her next mission.
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.
The young veterinarian was flanked by three Quechua alpaca breeders, each with their felted cowboy hats firmly in place and nary a smile on their stoic, weather creased faces. They were from an important alpaca-growing region in district of Corani, near Macusani.
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.
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.