Sapphire Alpacas Breeding alpaca gems
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Little Haven - home to alpacas kept naturally Tel: 01295 721320
Alpacas are inherently healthy animals but they do need a degree of care to maintain this. They should be sheared every year, usually in May or June. Their toenails need trimming every 3 to 4 months as a rough guide and their teeth should be checked and trimmed (if necessary) at least every year. As with other livestock, alpacas need worming and vaccinating. They should be vaccinated against clostridial diseases as cria (young alpacas) and then given a yearly booster as adults. They should be wormed at least twice per year based on poo sampling and worm counts and the brand of wormer should be changed yearly to avoid build up of immunity. Your own vet is best placed to advise you on the most suitable medicines to use. Alpacas are pregnant for approximately 11 1/2 months (345 days) and can be mated and give birth at any time of the year as they are ‘induced ovulators’. At Little Haven, we vaccinate the cria at 12 and 16 weeks with lambivac and then repeat the dose for all our alpacas in late april which is 4 to 6 weeks before our birthing season. We use an oral wormer on all alpacas in the early autumn and dose against fluke in mid-winter. we use an ivormectin based injectible wormer in late february/ early march to protect against mite. We do run a high health status pedigree sheep flock so our worming regime reflects this. We mate our alpacas in June and July and the best of our females are put to males from Bozedown Alpacas.