Phenotype vs. Genotype

“Phenotype” is an organism’s actual observed properties, such as morphology, development, or behavior. “Genotype” is an organism’s full hereditary information, even if not expressed. Translation: it’s the difference between what an alpaca looks like and what its actual genetic hereditary information is.

Using Phenotype alone in a breeding program is the least accurate way to improve your herd. Using this method for purchase and breeding usually leads to an emotional decision, which can be a costly mistake in both time and money.

Using Genotype is an accurate way of making purchase and breeding decisions. At RobAsia we maintain a vast database on each of our alpaca’s production information, this allows for data driven decisions for both purchase and breeding. Our clients and potential clients receive this information to help them make the best purchase and/or breeding decisions possible. Openly sharing this information sets us apart from our competition accelerating our clients breeding programs to the next level.