Alpaca fiber has been used for centuries to create clothing in the country of Peru, and recent entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Canada have begun breeding the beguiling animal themselves for the purpose of producing luxurious fiber. If you are considering raising and breeding alpacas, it is recommended the you first educate yourself on the various types of the animal and decide which kind is best suited to the particular environment that you have to offer. Some types of Read the rest of this entry »
Simple tips make bringing new alpacas home easier. Thoughtful handling lowers stress for all. It starts the relationship off on the right foot.
Plan to spend the first whole day at home. It isn’t necessary to be in with your alpacas constantly. Just keep a watchful eye out for trouble.
Alpacas are gentle by nature, but if threatened they may spit. They also have a powerful kick. They need to learn that you’re trustworthy and that their home isn’t dangerous.
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Alpacas are great animals but you’re unlikely to find information about them on a www.direct.tv channel special. They get paid less attention than their llama cousins so if you’re interested in learning more about these furry companions try one of these sources:
Talk to a Breeder: There are tons of alpaca farms all across the US and many of them are run by families. Get online and strike up an email conversation with a breeder to get your specific questions answered and if you’re nearby pay them a visit.
Talk to a Vet: Veterinarians often know more about obscure animals than you’d suspect and it’s because of their rigorous training. Talk to your local vet about the animals and see if they can refer you to a specialist somewhere closeby or who you can reach online.
Library: It may seem outdated but your local library likely has a number of still-relevant sources on alpaca farming, breeding and shearing. Make a trip to the shelves to see what you can find and you may be pleasantly surprised.
The birthing of an alpaca is a beautiful experience. First time breeders, however, may be unsure of what to expect from the mother during labor, as well as how to care for the newborn alpaca.
The good news is that most alpaca do not need assistance with giving birth to their cria. If you aren’t paying attention to your pregnant alpaca, you might even miss the birth! If missing the birth is not an option, make sure you are available starting Read the rest of this entry »
Alpaca’s are beautiful animals and will give birth to beautiful offspring. The average time of gestation is about 11 months. The owner of an alpaca will need to have some items on hand for when their alpaca goes into labor and gives birth. One of the most important things to have on hand before your alpaca goes into labor is your veterinarian’s phone number. This is very important in case something goes wrong during the birth. Latex gloves come in handy when helping with the delivery. Make sure to have a good supply of towels on hand to dry off the baby alpaca. A shoe lace comes in handy to tie off the umbilical cord and iodine for cleaning. Other items to have on hand that may be necessary are lubricating jelly, thermometer, vet wrapping, nipples, bottles, blanket, pain medication, and a catheter. I recommend taking a birthing class before helping your alpaca deliver, because occasionally things will go wrong and you will need to know what to do. The experience is well worth it and you will be amazed at how easy the birthing experience actually is for an alpaca. If you have any problems call your vet.
Careful consideration should be made when selecting alpacas for successful breeding. One thing to note is that Alpacas do not do well solo. They are social animals. Some folks starting out with an Alpaca farm purchase bred females, but it is not a good idea to purchase just one Alpaca. When starting out, sometimes a buyer may also request a gelded Alpaca as a companion pet.
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Learning how to select Alpacas to breed can prove time consuming. You should buy the best animal you can. Researching online will help you as you go through the process. Before purchasing your “stud stock,” females and males used for breeding, you should consider these items.
The first thing you should consider involves the animal’s health. The seller should proved veterinary information verifying the animals good health, especially when spending over 6,000. Choose females that have had at least one baby (cria) and find out all about the pregnancy. Genetics should also Read the rest of this entry »
Alpacas are a wonderful type of animal to breed, as anyone who has raised them can attest. They are friendly and do not cause many problems while they graze. Up to eight of them can be raised easily on any given acre of land, since they do not pull up the roots of the plants they graze on. Taking care of a pregnant Alpaca is both a treat and hardwork.
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Alpacas are one the least-maintenance animals out there. They don’t eat very much, require little space and can breed anytime of the year. Ovulation in an Alpaca is caused by the very act of breeding, so offspring is very easily produced by simply placing a male and a female together in a pen for a couple of weeks. Introducing them and bringing them together every few days for two weeks is usually more than enough time to produce an offspring. To this day, breeders have been unsuccessful in their attempts at producing Read the rest of this entry »
Raising llamas is a fruitful breeding choice, as they are sweet stoic animals. Once considered exotic, it’s now common to see llamas at county fairs and petting zoos.
Llamas originate from South America, and found mainly in Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Peru. They’re closely related to the alpaca, and a distant relative of the camel. There are no specific regions on where llamas are bred in North America, as there are no restrictions on where to breed them.
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