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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

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

Feeding urea to alpacas

Urea is a non-protein source of nitrogen that can be used by fore-gut fermenters such as alpacas, goats, sheep and cattle as a source of protein. The microbes in the first compartment… 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

Are your alpacas hungry?

If your alpacas are grazing short, dry-standing feed at the moment, there are not enough nutrients in the feed to maintain body condition score, let alone grow, gestate or lactate. You need… read more

Vitamin D Time!

The winter solstice has gone and July is here! It is time to treat your camelids with vitamin D again to ensure appropriate calcium and phosphorus regulation and bone growth (first treatment of… read more