Alpaca care

tn_272Other than shearing and the usual de-worming and vaccinations, alpacas require very little else. Toenails and teeth occasionally require trimming. Alpacas do not suffer from flystrike or footrot. As regards breeding, the gestation period is just over 11 months.

Alpacas enjoy contact with humans and we recommend that you spend time with them most days. This way they will become very friendly, easier to manage and you will easily recognise any change in their behaviour that may indicate the need for a health check. We also recommend that you regularly perform a body score on your alpaca, we can teach you how to do this. It is a quick check to make sure your alpacas body weight is normal as alpacas weight can be a bit deceiving due to the size of their fleece.

A female is ready to mate again a fortnight after giving birth. The females live about 20 years and can produce a single cria each year.

Birthing is relatively easy and trouble-free, usually during daylight hours.Yard mating is more successful than paddock mating. As the females are induced ovulators, there is no cycle, and they can be bred throughout the year. A pregnant female will ‘spit’ an eager the male away. Much genetic research remains to be done to establish the way of breeding desired true colours.

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