At Walkley we have really focused on producing elite stock from top-class females and proven SRS Sires. We have invested in over 20 high-quality dams and look externally for complimentary SRS stud males.
This is for a number of reasons. Genetically speaking, your probability of getting an improvement with an average female – even covered by a quality male – is proportionately less than if you have a both a top class male and female. It also means we can really focus on nurturing high-quality dams, while making the most of new stud males as they come through that are better and more pre-potent than the previous generation. We believe that if the industry is not producing better Sires than the previous generation every few years, then we are failing.
Of course, if we’re lucky enough to breed a great stud male of course we’ll use him. But we won’t stop looking for better. The next – even better – male is always just around the corner (ruthless, but true).
Clear data on every animal’s pre-potency is so important for a modern commercial stud, so we only pair Alpaca with full prepotency statistics on both sides. And that goes for their progeny, too. After all, it’s one thing for an individual animal to show great data and characteristics, but this is only valuable if these characteristics are being passed on reliably to subsequent generations.
For us this procedure is very much the norm. All the information for each animal is kept on detailed scorecards which we always provide to any fellow breeders we work with.