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CLAA Recognition

After several months of careful deliberation the ILR Board of Directors passed the following motion on March 24, 1999:

"Effective April 1, 1999, the ILR will accept the CLAA’s verification of parentage and will list or register in the ILR, llamas who are currently CLAA registered or whose ancestors are CLAA registered. Other than the above changes, which recognize CLAA registration as acceptable for ILR registrations, all other current ILR rules will remain in effect.

To register or list a llama under this policy, the current owner of the llama must supply the ILR with: 1) a signed and dated copy of the animal’s current CLAA certificate; 2) a processing fee of one hundred dollars ($100), to cover the additional data entry costs necessitated by dealing with ancestors that are not in the ILR database; and 3) all other fees and documentation normally required by the ILR policies in effect at the time of listing and/or registration."

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Following several meetings with representatives from the CLAA, the ILR Board of Directors recognized that true reciprocity with the CLAA Registry is impractical. However, mutual recognition of pedigrees is not only practical, but would be of mutual benefit to both CLAA and ILR members.

Two principles that guided the ILR Board in their discussion of "recognition" were the following:

First, they wanted current ILR rules to apply equally to all llamas that are entered into the ILR database. In other words, the directors did not want it to be any easier or any more difficult for llamas with CLAA registered ancestors to be registered with the ILR as llamas with ILR registered ancestors.

Second, they did not want to charge anymore than was necessary to recoup the cost of the work of entering non-ILR ancestors into our database. The ILR software is set up to register llamas with known parents that are already in the ILR database. Registering llamas with CLAA registered parents that are not already in the ILR database will involve some programming expenses and, in addition, significant extra effort on the part of the ILR staff to enter the information on each of the ancestors. The $100 fee will cover our average expense involved to enter those ancestors into the ILR database.

To clarify exactly what the above motion will mean to an owner trying to register a particular CLAA registered llama with the ILR, we have outlined requirements for the following general categories of llamas:

A) CLAA registered lamas with two or more generations of ILR and/or CLAA registered ancestors will be registered as Class "R" upon receipt of the following fees and documentation:

1) A signed and dated copy of the animal’s current CLAA certificate.

2) A one hundred dollar ($100) processing fee and a forty dollar ($40) registration fee.

B) CLAA registered lamas with a single generation of ILR and/or CLAA registered ancestors (animals for which the ILR requires 2nd generation screening) will be registered as Class "R" upon receipt of the following fees and documentation:

1) A signed and dated copy of a valid CLAA certificate.

2) A one hundred ($100) dollar processing fee and a forty ($40) registration fee, for each animal being registered.

And,

3) Documentation that the animal has met all current 2nd generation screening requirements*, including the $50 screening fee. Animals that do not meet this screening requirement will be accepted as Class "L".

C) CLAA registered lamas with a single ILR and/or CLAA registered parent or no registered parents, (animals for which the ILR requires 1st generation screening) will be listed as Class "S" upon receipt of the following fees and documentation:

1) A signed and dated copy of a valid CLAA certificate.

2) A one hundred dollar ($100) processing fee and a forty ($40) registration fee, for each animal being registered.

And

3) Documentation that the animal has met all current 1st generation screening requirements* (including copies of the original screening forms if screened by the CLAA), including the $50 screening fee. Animals that do not meet this screening requirement will be accepted as Class "L".

4) The current $500 surcharge if the animal is imported into the United States.