December 7, 2022

Caring for Alpacas

As the region they come from has terrible and limited forage, some areas such as Peru and Chile have not had rain in over fifty years.

They are among the most efficient utilizers of food and water on earth! An adult alpaca will consume about 2 1/2 pounds of forage a day. Most breeders in this country will supplement this with a grain and mineral mix.

Due to their efficiency their solid waste looks like “rabbit or deer pellets” and is primarily composed of indigestible fiber. This means, unlike other livestock, they are relatively smell free and their waste can be composted almost immediately and used as fertilizer.

Caring for alpacas is much like caring for a dog or cat. However, they are livestock and require more knowledge and a little more care compared to horses, cattle, sheep etc. they are easier to care for.

The actual time involved in caring for them may only amount to about an hour or two a day, but it is "everyday".

Here are some ways in which alpacas will need to be cared for:

  • Maintaining of a community setting with multiple alpacas.
  • Access to fresh water and adequate pasture or hay.
  • A secure shelter and fencing to provide protection from elements and predators.
  • Regular health maintenance including tonsil trimming, fleece shearing, vaccinating, and even teeth trimming.
  • Pasture and hygiene management.

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