April 5, 2010
RE: DNA Sample
Dear Llama Owners,
The ILR Board has always listened to
and considered member requests regarding the
policies and operations of the ILR. We have had
several requests from members asking that we require
DNA be submitted to confirm parentage for
registration. We have not required DNA due to the
financial demand it would put on our members and
We now have two easy options for DNA submission:
Ball submission from fiber samples
– pluck 35-45 hairs from the base of the tail and
tape them to a piece of paper (download
the form) containing the
animal’s name, ILR number (if assigned) and the
parent information. Be sure you can see the root
balls attached to the base of the fleece – this is
easy to see with a simple magnifying glass.
Card – a blood sample is drawn and applied to an
FTA card. The animal’s name, ILR number (if
assigned) and the parent information should be
included on the card envelope.
The ILR Board is proposing that
effective January 1, 2011, a DNA sample must be with
each new registration, but it is NOT required that
the sample be analyzed.
Simply mark the Root Ball samples or the envelope
for the FTA cards “For Storage.”
Submission of the sample for storage
does not cost anything so it will not raise
We feel that requiring DNA sample for
storage is beneficial because the samples will be
available for future analysis even after an animal
is sold or has died. For example, our current policy
states that all herd sires must have DNA submitted
for analysis when they have 9 or more crias
registered or, 3 or more outside breedings. We have a number of registrations come
in for registration each year where the sire has
reached their tenth cria, but has been sold or has
died, so we are not able to register the cria. If
the DNA was stored, there would be easy and
immediate access to provide the required
information. Stored DNA available for analysis could
also be useful to identify animals in the event of
change of ownership, death of an owner or rescue
Again, there will be no
additional fees to have the DNA samples stored – it
will NOT raise registration costs.
Please take time to consider this
proposal and you will be asked to vote on this with
the ILR Board of Directors Ballot in May 2010.
Please direct any questions you may have regarding
DNA submission for storage or analysis to
Thank you for considering this
The ILR Board of Directors,
Mark Smith-President, Mary Jo
Miller-Vice President, Kathi McKinney-Treasurer,
Kristy Brown-Secretary, Bill Safreed-Member at Large
and Jan Wassink-Registrar.
Thanks for your support!!
Along we Struggle . . . Together we Thrive!