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Glove Box Guide to Alpacas is now available!

Twenty-five years of working with alpacas has culminated in the production of a robust, 120-page, A5, Glove Box Guide to Alpacas. The first half of the guide contains information on husbandry, cria care,… read more

Alpaca biosecurity

The onus for the health and welfare of alpacas (and other livestock) on your farm is, and has always been, up to you, the owner/manager. On 1 October 2017, all cattle, sheep and… read more

Trying to improve pasture in Tassie?

There was talk by Tasmanian alpaca farmers a couple of weeks ago about how to reduce mossy pastures. Here is a small case study in pictures for you to ponder. Mossy, unproductive… read more

What’s in alpaca milk?

Following a small survey of milk constituents in 5 lactating alpacas in south-eastern Australia, it was revealed that the average milk fat content was 4.4%, the average milk protein content was 4.2%… read more

Are your crias growing?

The chart above illustrates alpaca cria growth rates under Australian conditions. The solid line represents what is reasonably and ideally achievable by alpacas grazing pasture with appropriate supplementation, whilst the dotted line… read more

Selenium (Se) supplementation in alpacas

Veterinarian Dr Robert Van Saun, from PennState University, has written a comprehensive article on selenium (Se) supplementation in camelids which can be read here. Dietary Se content issues in camelids are yet… read more