The Australian Alpaca Association is not all about showing. For...
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Alpacas are herd animals and require the company of other alpacas.
Alpacas that are kept away from other alpacas can stress or develop behavioural problems.
There are only 2 reasons to hand rear a cria.
Taking a cria away from it’s mother is cruel to both the mother and baby.
It can lead to stress on both animals. Baby alpacas have specific nutritional requirements and should only be hand reared by experienced owners.
Cria should always be hand reared in the herd in order to prevent behavioural problems as they get older.
Vendors specifically selling bottle fed cria are possibly breaking animal welfare laws.
A baby alpaca is known as a cria.
Male – Macho
Female – Hembra
Although the market for alpaca fleece is strong there are a number of factors that determine how much you can sell your fleece for.
The short answer is no. Alpacas are stimulated ovulators and can mate at any time of the year.
Male alpacas have been known to kill or severely injure females from overmating. They also pose a risk to cria if they are left in with mothers and cria.
Yes alpacas spit, generally it is at each other, but it’s not uncommon to get caught in the cross fire.
The most common reason for alpacas to spit is for females to keep males away when they are pregnant, but they also spit to assert dominance.
To avoid being spat at don’t make eye contact.
The average age for an alpaca is about 16 years, but some have been known to live well into their 20’s. It depends on their general health.
The numbers of alpacas to be shorn will affect price. The more to shear the lower the price.
It also depends on whether it is just a straight shearing or if the shearer is undertaking other tasks such as trimming feet and giving injections. The cost can be as high as $50 per head down to around $8 per head.
If you don’t have proper shearing facilities or require the shearer to catch and tip animals you can expect to pay more, than someone who has the animals penned and ready to shear and has sufficient handlers to assist with catching and tipping.
Although alpaca fleece does regulate body temperature, alpacas that carry too much fleece in summer can die from heat stress.
It is also possible that foreign objects like wire and branches can be hidden in overfleeced animals. This poses a risk to both the alpaca and shearer at shearing.
Alpacas can also suffer from skin conditions which may go undetected and untreated if over fleeced.
If you want to learn more about alpacas and the alpaca industry, join the Australian Alpacas Association or similar group in your home country.
These organisations provide invaluable informaton about care and managment of animals, showing and industry news.
The Australian Alpaca Association is not only a breed society. It provides a range of invaluable services to alpaca owners, such as:
There a number of membership levels you don’t have to be a stud breeder to get benefits out of being a member of the AAA.