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Pedigree registry

The BAS registry opened with the registration of the UK’s foundation herd, eligibility for which was founded exclusively upon the physical presence of alpacas within the UK on 17 May 1999. It is now the largest and most detailed alpaca registry in Europe, containing pedigree records dating back to 1996 and, in some cases, breeding records that date back much further.

The registry is governed by the BAS Board, which makes all major policy decisions. The BAS Registration and Screening Committee is responsible for the implementation of policies and procedures in order to maintain the strenuous and rigorous requirements necessary to maintain the standard and integrity of the registry.

Eligibility for registration of alpacas is primarily restricted to cria (offspring) of registered parents.

Alpacas may be registered with the Society subject to passing a screening examination for physical, phenotype and fibre characteristics.

All BAS registered alpacas are microchipped and tagged using a dual identification process, which conforms to requirements for other agricultural livestock, developed in conjunction with a major recognised supplier.

The registry is a major resource of the British Alpaca Society and is being developed to create a standard that will give security to prospective purchasers in that all BAS registered alpacas conform to a minimum standard established by the Society.

The registry is being developed constantly as a major breeding tool to provide BAS members with reports and information to support member breeding programmes.

Prospective purchasers are recommended to purchase only BAS registered alpacas.

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