Blog › Month: October 2013

Alpaca farm biosecurity

Animal Health Australia has put out a manual on farm biosecurity for grazing livestock at http://www.farmbiosecurity.com.au/industry/livestock/alpaca/ The manual provides a set of voluntary, cost-effective guidelines to help reduce the risk of disease entering… read more

To grind or not to grind?

With shearing upon us, a reminder that across-herd angle-grinding of alpaca incisor teeth should not be undertaken by your shearer. In Victoria, tooth grinding of sheep has been listed as a prohibited procedure… read more

Should you drench routinely at shearing?

Many alpaca breeders routinely drench their animals at shearing without performing faecal egg counts on the herd. Animals should be drenched with an effective drench at shearing if (a) faecal egg counts… read more

Parasites during winter

A review of submission results for alpaca faecal egg counts across Victoria over the last few months has shown that gastrointestinal parasite surveillance has been sporadic at best, but thankfully most counts… read more