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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

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

Tips for controlling worms in your herd …

Summary: Use drenches most effective on your property: ideally those that are 98% effective, as shown by a drench test. Especially important for strategic summer drenches in winter rainfall regions Better to… read more

What is a quarantine drench?

When you bring new animals onto your farm, you do not want to bring on any drench-resistant worms that may be lurking within. Therefore, you should “quarantine drench” all new alpacas to… read more

Worm control in alpacas

Good news! A new, 3-year alpaca gastrointestinal parasite project has just started at the University of Melbourne, in conjunction with RIRDC and AAA. Until more is known about alpaca parasite species, behaviour, drenching etc … information from… read more

Drench classes …

There are 5 different drench groups/classes you should be aware of when treating gastrointestinal worms. Generally speaking, if  you have drench resistance to one product within a group, there will be drench… read more

Weaning alpacas? Don’t forget to drench them!

At weaning time, don’t forget to perform an individual faecal egg count (FEC) on each of your alpaca weaners BEFORE drenching them, and again 12 days later. The first, pre-drench, FEC tells… 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