Adaptation

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This is the most important factor, but it is also temporary.  This step is not difficult, but requires time, research and observation. Alpacas can easily adapt to life in different environments around the world. However, it is us, the breeder, who need to help these animals adapt to the new surroundings and conditions.

  • inspect the farm and find a suitable location for the alpacas where they  have enough space and be calm.
  • allow experts to examine and assess whether the pasture grasses are good, and does not contain noxious weeds
  • inspect the water, whether it contains any metals and harmful bacteria
  • manage the barn / stable, and arrange a safety fence
  • when the alpacas are imported, watch them carefully
  • Keep them protected from the elements such as rain and snow

Feeding

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All experts agree with the fact that nutrition is the most important factor in the survival of camelids, as well as any other in the world. The difference between well fed animals and bad is visible with the naked eye. There is no perfect way of feeding the alpacas because food should be directly adapted to the environment in which they live . We are working on food intended for the alpacas. However, to maintain a proper diet, you should consider the following elements:

  • good quality hay with low protein content
  • special feed for alpacas with high mineral content
  • pasture free from noxious weeds
  • access to clean water without restrictions
  • appropriate dose of minerals and supplements – the nutrition, depending on whether the female is / is not pregnant, during lactation, whether is small (cria), or male
  • anti-parasite medicine and vitamins once a month

Reproduction

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Without growth of the herd there is no business. We recommend reproducing once a year if the Alpacas health allows it. Males may become sires after 3-4 years afterbirth. Females may begin reproduce after 2 years from their birth, because then they reach the correct height, weight and bone structure. Proper nutrition is the foundation both for breeding females and for males.

Daily Care

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If you ask any alpacas breeder alpaca in the world how to care for these animals, they will tell you that they do not require much work. These gentle animals are very independent and when you help them adapt to the new environment and you provide them with all the necessary nutrients, they will deal with each other, without requiring constant care from a breeder.

Generally, the alpacas like routine, so they quickly get used to your daily plan. If you feed them at 6 am, they will be waiting for food in the morning. If you release animals to graze during the day and begin to take them back at sunset, then after a while they will come back at this time to the stable. This does not mean that you can leave them for a long time alone. You should know your animals, how they react to any changes, predators and other environmental factors, which are a part of it.

  • observe the animals during feeding, make sure all the get up to eat and drink water
  • when feeding, make sure that the water is clean
  • take them out to pasture as soon as weather permits
  • clear the barn / stables and the fields where alpacas poop
  • take them back in case of rain, snow, high winds and at night
  • react quickly if alpacas behave strangely
  • always watch them and learn to understand your animals

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