Alpaca Management and Care

What you need to know before buying alpacas

Alpaca Nutrition & Health

Like all livestock alpacas have very specific nutritional and health needs. One of the best method of evaluating the health of your alpacas is conduct regular body scores. Observation is the key to detecting if there are any problems with specific animals, and knowing the particular personalities and behaviours of animals in your herd can help identify if animals are unwell. The links below provide information sheets about the specific health and husbandry requirements of alpacas.




Breeding & Birthing

This is where alpacas differ from most other forms of livestock. Gestation of 11 to 11.5 months is significantly longer than other animals of a similar size.Alpacas rarely have twins and give birth in daylight hours and are not seasonal breeders.Like most animals, fertility, growth rate and live births are affected by nutrition, vitamins and minerals .Click on the buttons to learn more.




Mating

Alpacas are stimulated ovulators whcih mean they do not have a mating season. This is convenient in planning your breeding program, but it does mean that males and females must always be separated.