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Alpacas

Alpacas are herd animals and as such need the company of other alpacas. We suggest the minimum herd size should be no less than three.
It is recommended that stocking should not exceed 6 alpacas per acre of average grazing pasture.
Alpacas need fresh, clean water and this needs to be changed frequently and daily in the Summer. We also feed our alpacas a supplementary feed twice daily throughout the year and hay ad-lib.
Shearing is required once a year, usually at the end of the Spring, before the start of the hot weather.
Toe nails need to be trimmed approximately every 6 weeks or so.
Alpacas need worming and inoculations twice yearly.

Alpacas like to have some form of shelter from the driving rain (though sometimes they do just sit out in it!!!). We provide three-sided field shelters, but a few mature trees will do just as well. Shade from the hot Summer sun is also a must. Again, either field shelters or the shade from trees will provide this.
Alpacas give birth during the day and normally before 4pm. They generally give birth quite easily without assistance, though occasionally assistance is required. Most cases can easily be dealt with by the breeder/owner and usually requires no more than a little common sense, a calm, cool head and a “can do” attitude.

• Conformation • Fleece characteristics • Handling techniques • Body Scoring • Care of teeth and nails • Care of fleece • Worming, drenching, vaccination and injection technique • Identifying an ill alpaca • Nutritional requirements Paddock layout and management • Field shelters • Water and fencing requirements • Shearing • Advice and help on buying your first alpacas  
Alpacas should be checked daily as a minimum requirement, ideally morning and evening. Pregnant females will need more regular checking from 10 months of gestation onwards.
Alpacas are gentle animals who rarely spit at humans unless severely stressed. Confident handling of your alpacas, in an appropriately sized pen, reduces the risk of stress for all concerned! Your alpacas will soon learn to trust you if you handle them well.
Toe nails need to be trimmed 2-3 times each year.
Teeth should be checked routinely (over grown teeth can cause feeding problems). Teeth trimming is usually carried out at shearing time when the alpaca is restrained. Male alpacas develop fighting teeth at 2-3 years of age. These are usually removed to reduce the risk of injury to other males in its company.
Check for any swelling around the jaw. This could be due to a mouth abscess and if so will need to be treated by your vet.


Huacaya alpacas need to be sheared yearly. We can help you organise this.
Alpacas need to be vaccinated against clostridial disease (a number of products are available).
As with most animals, it is important that your alpacas are not subjected to an excessive worm burden. We dose our cria upon weaning, and treat as required.. We also do faecal worm counts to monitor the effectiveness. Some breeders recommend only treating on the results of worm counts rather than routinely.
Alpacas are also at risk of liver fluke, especially if grazing on wet ground. We would recommend that you contact your own vet regarding local risks and recommended treatment.
Alpacas do tend to hide illness in order to remain with the herd. If your alpaca is displaying any kind of abnormal behaviour (and is not about to give birth) be concerned. If in doubt call your vet sooner rather than later.
Alpacas are all individuals and have very different personality traits. We would highly recommend spending time in the paddock getting to know your animals, this way problems are spotted quickly. WARNING: spending time with your alpacas is addictive.

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