What sort of diseases do alpacas get?

Compared with other livestock, alpacas are relatively disease free. Because of their dry fleece and naturally clean breech, fly strike is not an issue with alpacas. Vaccination programs vary by geography on veterinarian's advice.   When buying alpacas for breeding purposes...

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How much acreage does it take to raise alpacas?

Alpacas are an ideal small acreage livestock. You can comfortably stock between five and six animals per acre, depending on your pasture rotation plans. This makes the alpaca ideal for people who have only a few acres and who...

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How do you transport alpacas?

Alpacas are usually stress resistant, as long as they are not transported alone. They load and travel calmly and can be transported in the family mini van, station wagon, utility vehicle, or horse trailer. Once en-route, the alpaca lies...

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What shelters or barns do alpacas require?

Alpacas are native to the altiplano (highlands) of Peru and are used to a harsh environment found at 12,000 to 17,500 feet above sea level. The snow, freezing wind and bone chilling cold are familiar to these hardy animals,...

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What do you do with the poo?

Alpacas (camalids) have 3 stomachs that digest foods more completely than other farm animals. This results in higher nitrogen and potassium content, lower organic material content.   Since Alpaca poo will not burn plants and vegetables, it can be placed directly...

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Are alpacas easy to care for?

Alpacas are small and easy to maintain, rarely overeat and require no extraordinary care. Here at Mourne Alpacas, our 4 children regularly assist with husbandry tasks, as the alpacas are easily handled and their herd instinct makes them very...

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What do alpacas eat?

They are ruminants, which means they chew cud like a cow or deer. They survive well on different kinds of low protein hay or pasture grass, providing it has a balanced mineral content. Because alpacas evolved in harsh conditions,...

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