Tips for New Buyers
If you're looking to purchase a llama
If you're looking to purchase an alpaca
The Canadian Llama and Alpaca Association (CLAA) is incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act and as such is recognized as the official Alpaca Registry and the official Llama Registry in Canada. The Canadian Livestock Records Corporation (CLRC) was contracted by the CLAA to administer its registry up until January 2012 when the Association implemented its own registry program and took on direct administration of all its registry and membership services. Old CLRC forms are still accepted by the Association, but all registry work is now sent to the CLAA office in Calgary.
Buyers should request and check registration and ownership of the registered alpaca or llama of interest. Looking at the "Certificate of Registration" is the easiest way, however you can also access the CLAA's herd book on-line and then search by animal name, animal registration number or owner name. The owner name is the least desired way to check an animal's information as it is very specific and requires the exact name of ownership.
The Transfer of Ownership form is on the reverse side of the Certificate of Registration. The signature of the seller or authorized agent is required for the transfer to be processed. In Canada, the seller is responsible (under the rules of the Animal Pedigree Act) for the transfer of the registration papers to the new owner. This includes completing the transfer form, fee payment and mailing to the CLAA. As such, do not accept a registration certificate as proof of ownership unless your name appears on the certificate as the registered owner.
Young Males and Females: Completed transfer of ownership is required. This is the responsibility of the seller.
Breeding Males: As above. The date of ownership is very important. The responsibilities of keeping breeding records and signing as owner of sire at time of service will change with date of ownership change.
Bred Females: In order to register the expected cria, you will need the signature of the stud owner, plus the stud's name, registration number, DNA case number (for alpacas), and date of service. It is a good idea to request a completed Application for Registration for the cria at the time of sale.
Bred Females with Cria at side: As above for the expected cria. For the cria at side you should request a completed Application for Registration, which includes the completed transfer of ownership at the bottom of the application form. Most important are the two signatures, the stud owner, and the owner of dam at birth.