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                                                                                                 Alpacas, LLC.                                                                                 

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Herd Management

BEHAVIOR is the number one factor in detecting a possible health problem in your herd. Is she acting unusual? Is that cria looking droopy? That dam is lying down in an awkward position! Visit your herd every day, even if briefly, to take a comprehensive look and get a reading on each alpaca. Get to know your alpacas!

Herd Management

We schedule herd management on the beginning of each month. Each alpaca is evaluated by the following:

Weight:

Loss / Gain

 

Body Score:

Thin / Fat

 

Eyes:

Clear / Weepy

 

Nose:

Dry / Discharge

 

Teeth:

Length / Retained

 

Gums

Color / Inflammation

 

Jaw

Bite / Alignment

 

Toenails

Length / Shape

 

Pads

Healthy / Cracked

 

Under Tail

Clean / Excess Matter

 

Fighting Teeth (Males)

Trimmed

Routine Medications

Vaccination:

We follow Dr. Norm Evan's protocol for CDT vaccinations. Crias are given 2cc's at 4 wks, 8 wks, 6 mo, and 1 yr. Adults are given 2cc's yearly.

 

Worming:

We de-worm from April thru November.  Consult your
local veterinarian for a specialized schedule.

 

Vitamins

We supplement with vitamins during the winter months when sunshine is more sparse.

Fecals

We rotate monthly fecal samples to monitor parasitic growth, and we treat only when necessary.

Pregnant Females

We do not handle or medicate dams the first and last three months of pregnancy, other than ultrasound. After the cria is born, we do herd management on the dam one week later to ensure all vaccinations & medications are current.

Births

We recommend taking a neo-natal class to help you become confident with births and caring for the newborn cria. For the majority of births, nature will take care of everything. We do the following for crias at birth: take a temperature, spray the navel with iodine, administer 3cc of Bar-guard 99, and assess the overall health.

If body temperature is low (below 99 degrees), it is critical to warm up the cria: towel dry, hair dryer, sunshine, warm room. If the cria does not progress to nursing, we give it Pedialyte to hydrate its system and to stimulate its thirst. If the birth was difficult, we administer Banamine to the dam. If this is the dam's first birth, we administer Oxytocin or Domperidone to help with milk production and let down.
The placenta should drop within the first hour after birth. After the cria is several hours old, we give it an enema and make sure the meconium stool is passed. We run an IgG on the cria at 24 hours.

We weigh the cria daily for the first week. It is typical for the cria to lose weight the first day after birth, but it should be gaining steadily afterwards. We closely monitor the dam to ensure she is recovering well.

Record Keeping

We use a software program to keep detailed records on every alpaca. We also keep a hard copy of all health administrations.

Alyssa Hallstead - Owner

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