Perú Undertakes Alpaca Embryo Transfer Project

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In the Rural Community of Queracucho in the district of Macusani, embryo transfer involving alpacas has been introduced through the Biotechnology Project of the Provincial Municipality of Carabaya. This involved the transfer of 17 embryos from high quality alpacas to females of lower quality.

Rito Huayta Arisaca, responsible for the embryo transfer, explained that the success rate of transferring embryos to recipient alpacas or llamas is 60 to 70% and that, using single ovulation embryos can be obtained every ten days, ie that it is possible to obtain nine embryos ready for transfer to other alpacas or llamas in nine months

“As professionals we recommend the use of biotechnology projects, not only to conduct research, but for reproduction. Macusani as alpaca producer should not be left behind when it comes to using biotechnology projects,” said the expert.

For his part, Ronald Augusto Gutiérres Rodrigo, mayor of Carabaya said that “as alpaca capital of Peru and the world we cannot remain with our arms crossed in view of the fact that the Ministry of Agriculture invests more in cattle and sheep. We therefore decided to concentrate on biotechnology in order to increase productivity, fineness and phenotypic aspects of the alpaca.

“As part of the project we also performed the first transfer of an alpaca embryo to a llama recipient. Hopefully after 11 months highly improved alpacas will be born. On the open market an embryo transfer costs one thousand nuevos soles, but it is hoped that the municipality of Carabaya will do its best to keep the costs low.”