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Willow Glen Farm

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Posted - 07/22/2014 :  10:37:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit Willow Glen Farm's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Female Suri alpaca out of 2 Suris.
Male Huaycaya alpaca out of 2 Suris.

Is there any way this match could produce a Suri?

Mary Ianni
Willow Glen Farm
Capron, IL 61012


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Posted - 07/23/2014 :  3:58:09 PM  Show Profile  Send Judith a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Yes; the dam will provide a suri gene; the sire will provide a huacaya gene; the offspring will be suri unless the dam has both a suri and a huacaya gene, in which case there's a 25% chance the cria will be huacaya. Suri is believed to be the dominant gene. Each parent will contribute one gene. The male can only provide a huacaya gene but the female may have a "hidden" huacaya gene. Only if the two huacaya genes come together will the cria be a huacaya.

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Posted - 07/31/2014 :  7:31:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Been on vacation, but I think the correct answer would be: If the Suri has only Suri genes (Homozygous) the progeny would be a Suri and if the Suri has a Huacaya gene (Heterozygous) there is a 50% chance for either type of progeny.

Then the real question becomes: Why with all the very nice Suri males available would you do this kind of match, you risk losing many potential buyers if you ever have to or just decide to sell the progeny if it is a Suri.

The idea behind breeding only Suri to Suri is to have a national Suri herd that is predictable.

Added as an afterthought: The Huacaya male you are talking about in your question is the 25% chance of two Suri's who are both Heterozygous. Breeding 2 Suri's together the breeder is hoping to get a Suri Cria.


Bob & Vicki Blodgett
Suri Land Alpaca Ranch
10371 N 2210 Road
Clinton, Oklahoma 73601

Edited by - bobvicki on 07/31/2014 7:36:49 PM
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Willow Glen Farm

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Posted - 08/01/2014 :  10:04:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit Willow Glen Farm's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bob, this wasn't a planned cria. Girls broke out. This boy sure looks like the male in question with the same personality. And although it is early, the fiber definitely looks more Suri than huacaya. Just trying to guesstimate on who's the daddy!

Mary Ianni
Willow Glen Farm
Capron, IL 61012
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