Registering Alpacas with ARI

Registering your cria seems daunting if you’ve never done it before, so I am going to outline how it was done with Zena’s SkyKing by Kotzebue. Those of you who have already done this, hum to yourselves or look for something I need to clarify.

1. Order the blood cards from ARI once you know a cria or crias are on the way so you have them in hand. They may be purchased for $2.50 each right on the site. If you have never registered an alpaca before, this is also a good time to get your Alpaca Registry, Inc. log-in information. Anyone who owns an alpaca is a member, but you can also access useful, detailed information on the site by paying $14 and becoming an Associate Member. If you want to be a voting member and attend meetings, the fee is $30. This will result in a Herd Code. Keep this in your files.

2. This enables you to take a drop or two of the blood you use to test for IgG levels the day after birth and put it in the circle in the center of the card. One stick = two uses. On the top of the card on the back, write the cria’s call name and the date the blood was taken. Let the card dry naturally–don’t use heat to dry it. Then put it where you can find it later.

Don’t send it in until you are certain you have a viable cria. There is no sense in registering an animal that may die. Some people choose not to register animals that will not be bred. That is your decision.

3. The day to register has come. For SkyKing, born on October 5 and blood tested on October 6, that day was October 21. Following my mentor’s directions made the process much easier and less mind-boggling. Now we need the registrations of both of his parents: Accoyo Kotzebue of LCA and Fox Run’s Peruvian Sonnet and their ARI numbers and we go to the ARI site and log in on the home page using the . In the upper left-hand corner, click on the line that says I want to… The drop-down menu gives interesting options, but in this case, select Register A New Alpaca. The page that comes up will ask you to put a check-mark on your account, estimate the date of conception, enter the date of birth and the breed (Huacaya or Suri.)

On the following page, you will fill in the information on the dam and sire. Only cria that have parents that are both registered may be listed on the ARI registry. Some alpacas in Canada and Australia are registered with ARI.

On the next page, you will enter information about the cria, it’s name, gender, color, etc.

You are almost home-free. Carefully review all of the information. I enter my payment information and I am done!  Oops, not so fast. Don’t forget to send in the blood card. Until ARI has it and your payment in hand no registration is completed and no Certificate of Registration is sent to you.

4. Carefully enter the information you just entered on the website again in tiny letters and numbers on the card or do as I did since my letters are too big to fit–on your computer in a tiny font, type the information and print it on a couple of labels or a label page so you can carefully cut out the lines and stick them on the card.

The last step is, mail and wait. Be sure to create a file for your alpaca so you don’t misplace the certificate and other information you accumulate for the animal.

There is also information should you wish to mail a check and do the registration entirely by mail, but online you know they have it almost instantaneously. They send a verification email.


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4 Responses to “Registering Alpacas with ARI”

  1. lindanic Says:

    Nice to see another fellow alpaca owner. Great article!!

  2. zenasurialpacas Says:

    Thank you. I try to provide a little info, a few photos and a place for us to talk to each other. Welcome.

  3. tazzieval Says:

    thank you, the drop or two of blood, is that for DNA testing? And, regarding the IgG, is that routinely done on newborns?

  4. zenasurialpacas Says:

    Yes it is for DNA testing. We routinely test the IgG at 24-36 hours after birth and have avoided problems in cria that tested low. I just bought a kit for testing myself. It’s a bit pricey, but one saved cria will more than pay for it.

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