THE GENETIC CENTRE
Educating Alpaca breeders, improving the quality of the fibre and increasing the number of Alpacas in the region are the main objectives of the Mallkini breeding and genetic centre.
At Mallikini, we are also committed to the genetic improvement of the Alpacas, and to that end, we are working together with the La Molina University (Perú) and the Peruvian Department of Agriculture on the following genetic projects:
- Techniques in breeding development such as the transplant of embryos and ovocytes.
- The estimation of quantitative genetic parameters (legacy, repetitions and genetic correlations) on the production of fibre.
- Studies of genotype in relation to the habitat of the Alpaca in the Andean world.
- The study of the relationship between biodiversity and the reproduction of the Alpaca.
At the Michell Group we fully understand the need to improve the quality of Alpaca fibre and the importance of increasing the population of Alpacas in the Peruvian Andes, and with that in mind, our efforts began in the 80s with a Centre for Reproduction in Nunoa, which focused on the improvement of the Alpacas through better reproductive practises and the education of small breeders, who own the majority of the Alpacas in the Puno region.
This project began well, but was suddenly and violently interrupted by Shining Path terrorist activity, which destroyed many of the businesses in the area and put many of our collaborators at risk. Nevertheless, our commitment to the project was renewed in 1995 when terrorist activity came under control and an investment was made in a ranch named Mallkini, which had the goal of improving Alpaca breeding, improving the herds training local breeders and contributing to the sustainable development of the communities in the Puno region.
Today it also shares the following programmes for the growth and improvement in Alpaca breeding in Puno:
- An Alpaca selection programme, dedicated to the selection of the very best genes based on the fineness and density of the fibre as well as the morphological composition of the animal, mainly in white and coloured Alpaca.
- Floor husbandry programmes which are strictly controlled and which have allowed us to establish a record of pedigree.
- Nutrition and reproduction programmes seeking, among other things, to improve natural grazing.
MADE TO MEASURE WORKSHOPS
For those looking for a place to visit, learn and improve their knowledge of Alpaca breeding without sacrificing the comforts of home, Mallkini has opened its doors for workshops and seminars on breeding techniques and Alpaca ranch management. Visitors have complete Access to our guest house and may attend our educational events held in a fully equipped classroom or conduct their field work at our installations at Sorani.
With the intention of boosting the development of reproductive technologies and achieving the genetic improvement of the Alpaca, the Michell Group and Mallkini have begun to produce a newsletter in which they publish the results of the valuable research done under this Collaborative Research and development Programme. This has been possible thanks to the cooperation of well-known professionals and the Mallkini team who have contributed their time, effort and expertise in order to obtain such important information.
In its first edition, the newsletter presents the results obtained to date in areas such as Genetic Improvement and Advanced Reproductive Technology. The latter of the two includes reports on the production of embryos in vivo as well as in vitro, as well as the area of collection, handling and conservation of semen and artificial insemination.
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