Even though alpacas have been in Australia for more than 30 years it is still a relatively new field of veterinary medicine. Most vets have little knowledge of how to treat alpacas. The Australian Alpaca Association maintains a list of experienced vets throughout Australia. Even if you don't have ready access to these vets they are an important reference point to assist less experienced vets. Click anywhere on this box to go to the list of vets.
This plays and important part in measuring the success of your breeding programs. It can provide information about genetic fineness, and nutritional fineness and will identify animals with more or less guard hair. All of this information can be used to assist in making breeding decisions. There are a number of fleece testing services throughout Australia, but not all are equipped to test alpaca fleece. Our preferred testing service is Micron Man based in WA.
Shearing is one of the most important jobs in the alpaca calendar. It is vital from an animal health and welfare perspective, but shearing at the right time using and experienced alpaca shearer can maximise your return for your fleece. There are a number of trained and experienced alpaca shearers that service Australian Alpaca owners. The Australian Alpaca Association has a business directory of available shearers that can be accessed on their website.