”We would highly recommend the use of genetic colour testing to any alpaca breeder who is interested in increasing the predictability of colour in their breeding
decisions. Finding those EE aa alpacas has been extremely useful as has identifying hidden grey. The latter has helped us avoid breeding decisions which may have resulted in less desirable outcomes such as BEW progeny and thus prevented a wasted year of breeding for that female. A very worthwhile investment.”
Barbara & Paul Hetherington / Beck Brow Alpacas

”I have found colour testing my herd to be extremely valuable. Knowing the genetic colour of my alpacas allows me to refine breeding decisions in order to both pursue favorable colours and avoid producing colours I desire less.”

Kim Murray / Capital Alpaca

”This new test has been an instrumental tool in refining our breeding programme. Colour uniformity is a primary objective to us and being able to identify the alpacas with a stronger black genetic background has helped us reduce the number of non-black progeny and reduce risk when we combine it with our embryo transfer programme. This test is definitely worth the money and we plan to continue using it with each generation.”
Tim Hey / Inca Alpaca

“We at Sandhills Alpacas were interested in colour genetic testing our huacaya alpaca herd when we started to seriously think about breeding appaloosa and harlequin alpacas. By doing this we were hoping to find a common theme and be able to select which male and female alpacas we used for breeding going forward.  We were of course intrigued on how we had managed to breed Hotspot from a white female?

We contacted Futuregen who were so helpful from start to finish and we started our journey on learning about colour genetics.  From our results we were excited to find Hotspots dam had a hidden black gene and he had inherited specific alleles from his parents, and he was the darkest result we could have achieved.  We now understand that he will always give us one black gene to the cria and to help us get a contrasting pattern become visible on his cria we can select females with two active MC1R:s to make sure the cria will have at least one active MC1R.  We are expecting five Hotspot crias this summer and very much look forward to seeing what he can produce for us.

We would hope as many appaloosa breeders as possible genetic colour test their herd so we can all learn more about how to breed these beautiful animals.”

Paul & Maggie / Sandhills Alpacas