A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

May 30, 2009

What’s with the PPP?

As I wrote the previous blog entry about Biscotti and his lineage it dawned on me that for those outside of the alpaca industry some of the names mentioned might appear a little strange.  It might appear to some as if my keyboard had got stuck when I typed words such as PPPeruvian, or perhaps they thought I was having a bad typing day when I wrote 4Peruvian instead of just the word Peruvian.

There is though an explanation of those strange versions of the word Peruvian and it is related to the importation of alpacas from Peru into the United States during the 1990’s.

According to the web site of the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association,
the first importation of alpacas into the United States was a herd of ten alpacas that were imported from England by Richard and Kay Patterson in 1982.  By 1984 there was an importation of alpacas from Chile into the United States.

The first importation of alpacas from Peru into the United States was in 1993 with subsequent importations from Peru taking place every year until 1998.  By the 1995 importation, the alpacas from that importation were registered with the Alpaca Registry using the word PPPeruvian in their name to indicate they were from the third importation.  Subsequent importations changed the format of the name a little by using 4Peruvian, 5Peruvian and 6Peruvian as part of the alpaca’s name.  A detailed article regarding the importation of alpacas from Peru into the US can be found at the website of Northwest Alpacas by clicking on the following link


So, as you can see my keyboard is working just fine, my typing though, well that varies on a day to day basis, but when it comes to words such as PPPeruvian, 4Peruvian, 5Peruvina or 6Peruvian my typing is just fine.

As the alpaca industry in the United States matures it is sometimes easy for those of us in the business to become very familiar with various terms and trends that are alpaca specific.  We forget that others have just discovered alpacas and might, at times, be wondering what on earth we are referring to.  Sometimes we need to take the time to back track a little and explain what we are talking about and help those who are not yet in the alpaca industry feel informed and welcome – who knows, over time they might decide to join us in raising alpacas and enjoying all that the alpaca lifestyle has to offer.


1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for the clarification. I knew all those P’s weren’t typos and had to do with lineage, but wasn’t really sure what they meant!

    Comment by Dena Buffington — June 2, 2009 @ 12:41 am

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