> I have never filled out a blood card before, what do I do?
> Do I have to fill in the information on the Blood Card?
Yes. ARI has the ability to track who the card belongs to only after the alpaca’s registration has been entered into the system. There have been cases where blood cards were sent in blank before the registrations have been entered. This becomes a problem if the member’s personal records have been compromised and they do not know which bar code number belongs to which alpaca.
> Is the Bar Code on the back of the blood card my registering alpaca’s ARI number/Alpaca ID?
Yes. The DNA card for the original registration becomes the alpaca’s ARI number. If a retest is ever sent in for the alpaca, its bar code will be used for tracking purposes only and will not change the ARI number of the alpaca.
> If I am sending in a retest should I scratch out the barcode?
No. The new bar code is needed for tracking. This new bar code number will not change your alpaca’s original registration number.
> Can I contact the lab directly for DNA questions?
No. ARI has all the DNA records on file, available upon request. The lab cannot provide any information. The ARI staff is trained to answer any questions you have concerning the laboratory testing and DNA results.
> I had to send in a second DNA sample. What happens when the DNA markers for an alpaca do not match the first sample sent?
In most cases a third sample will be required. Since each case is different, please contact the ARI office to discuss your situation.
> I took the blood sample months ago. Is the sample still good?
If the DNA card was allowed to dry properly, was stored in a clean, dry environment, and the temperature was kept moderate then the DNA sample should be fine. However, if you are concerned that contamination may have occurred, we suggest a new sample be pulled.
> How can I view/print my DNA results from the website?
To view the DNA markers for your alpaca page click the “DNA” tab on the alpaca’s page. There is also an option to export the DNA markers to pdf. Click on “Export as: Adobe Acrobat PDF” found beneath the markers to open or save a PDF. You may also print this PDF if you desire.
> Where do I mail my Blood Card?
Please mail all DNA samples directly to the ARI office.
5901 North 28th Street, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68504
> If no DNA markers are able to be pulled from a blood sample, what do I do?
As part of our contract with the lab, a new sample will be requested if the original sample fails to produce the required number of DNA markers. There is no charge for the new sample in this case.