Alpaca Registry

In its early years, the U.S. alpaca industry had the fore-sight to create a basic condition for maintaining the value of its bloodstock, namely, a breed registry. The Alpaca Registry, Inc. (ARI) is a database housing the genealogy, blood typing and ownership records of alpacas in North America and those of a few alpacas outside this country. Since its inception in late 1988, the Registry has mandated blood-typing as a requisite for registration and accepts only offspring of registered alpacas that qualify by blood typing.

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Most alpaca breeders in the U.S. have herds registered with ARI. ARI registration provides the financial foundation of the national breeding program. When purchasing an ARI-registered alpaca, the buyer is assured of being provided a correct history of that alpaca based on DNA blood typing. In addition to being able to track and verify the genealogy of a particular alpaca, the Registry allows breeders to track progeny as well. An added benefit of ARI registration is that it ensures a stolen alpaca can never be used in a breeding program and therefore has only the value of a fiber producing non-breeder, thus making the theft of alpacas extremely rare in the U.S.

Most alpaca breeders in the U.S. have herds registered with ARI. ARI registration provides the financial foundation of the national breeding program. When purchasing an ARI-registered alpaca, the buyer is assured of being provided a correct history of that alpaca based on DNA blood typing. In addition to being able to track and verify the genealogy of a particular alpaca, the Registry allows breeders to track progeny as well. An added benefit of ARI registration is that it ensures a stolen alpaca can never be used in a breeding program and therefore has only the value of a fiber producing non-breeder, thus making the theft of alpacas extremely rare in the U.S.

In general, ARI-registered alpacas make up the vast majority of the U.S. herd and sell for a considerable premium compared to non-ARI registered alpacas. New alpaca breeders should take note of the value provided by the ARI registration process and should factor this into their research and purchasing decisions.