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Livestock & Pets : Alpacas

The articles below cover a number of topics about alpaca health, alpaca behaviour and alpaca farming. There are more articles in The Basics section too. If you're looking for something in particular then use the search box above. If not, then browse the article titles and see what there is to help you.  If you can't find an answer here then why not ask in our discussion forums? One of the very friendly and helpful members is sure to be able to help you.

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

Alpacas are superb animals to farm as they are intelligent, easy to handle and very hardy.

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. 

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

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

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

The Guanaco wild member and cousin to the Llama and Alpaca family, originating from the southern South American region, Patagonia, as well as Peru, Bolivia and Chile.

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