Livestock & Pets : Alpacas

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With their big eyes and fluffy coats, crias (baby alpacas) are particularly cute

llamaFemales, crias, weaning, identification, selection for transport and behaviour.

alpacasHousing, health and disease control, some elective husbandry procedures (particularly castration and blunting fighting teeth) and euthanasia.

Alpacas might look a bit like pantomime horses to some people, but alpaca farming is a serious business in New Zealand

There isn’t space to discuss all the potential problems of alpacas of course, but these are conditions to which they seem particularly susceptible. 

You may want to be around when the cria is born in case anything goes wrong

Today there are approximately 5000 alpacas and 270 registered breeders throughout New Zealand.

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