Unpacking time – developing the maternal bond

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It has been found in sheep studies, that good bonding between dam and offspring leads to better lamb survival. The same is likely true for alpacas. Make sure during the 2-hour (up to 24 hours) window after birth, the dam and cria are not disturbed. Do not push them off the birth site (make sure females are in a clean, grassy paddock to unpack) and that there is adequate shelter, feed and water. Optimising the maternal-neonatal bond will ensure better colostrum uptake by the cria, thereby setting up the cria’s future.