Tuesday, January 13
Tues. Eve, Jan 13th… The ARI is a magnificent theft deterrent…
Hi everyone…… We’ve been getting quite a few emails about the ARI numbers of Alpaca’s, most of which, wondering about what I said pertaining to how it was definitely useable as a theft deterrent for Alpaca ownership. Our e-mailer’s wanted me to explain how this would be possible, so I am borrowing the following information from a public overview page from the site, www.alpacaregistry.com
Using advanced DNA technology, ARI validates the parentage of alpacas submitted for pedigree registration. Once an alpaca's parentage has been validated, ARI issues a registration certificate that provides known lineage and assigns a unique number to each alpaca. ARI itself is a tremendous asset to the entire alpaca community. Created in 1988, the ARI methodology and database are some of the most sophisticated and accurate of any livestock industry anywhere in the world.The vast majority of alpacas in North America are registered with ARI. The Registry protects the existing gene pool and helps ensure each breeder's investment is protected from cross-breeding with other camelids and precludes the registration of an alpaca if its parents were not ARI registered alpacas. ARI is currently a closed registry which means that every alpaca that is registered must be DNA tested and validated as an offspring of two other ARI registered parents. If this can not be validated, the alpaca will not be registered.In addition to maintaining the growing database of alpacas and DNA records, ARI manages lists of animals owned or sold by owners. Certificates of Registration are printed and provided to owners, displaying up to five generations of ancestry. Online queries available to ARI members can provide recorded and validated ancestry for any alpaca in the database regardless of the number of generations, as well as other information.
Now… with the above information about all this, picture if one of our animals were to be stolen from the farm, taken somewhere in the United States and resold, to transfer ownership or to register offspring, you need to have a DNA test run, and as soon as it is performed, it would show the Alpaca ownership registered to Vicki and I. That ARI# would have also been listed as stolen as soon as we found the animal missing. Knowing this information, virtually means there is no market for stolen Alpacas in the United States, because just as a car has a VIN #, there is a DNA registration on each animal. That is how the ARI operates.
This evening has been an exciting one…… reading about the Alpacas and Angoras… And then there’s Casey Mae. She is now a little woman and she is extremely popular with the other girls. It is however messy, so Vicki has created a menstrual panty for her…… and from my old undies……. How exciting…….. Not.
She does, however, wear it as though she knows it’s purpose…… never trying to remove it, but content to allow it to do it’s job. Check the picture below…………… Funny, is it not?