An information evening was presented in the Two Wells Community Centre for anyone interested in owning alpacas on Wednesday March 19.
The evening was presented by Dr Mandi Carr from the Production Animal Health Centre at the Roseworthy Campus of the University of Adelaide in conjunction with Jut Jurra Alpaca Stud and Shearing Services.
Over 50 people attended the evening and I am sure everyone, from prospective owners to those who have owned alpacas previously, learned much to help them with the care of their alpacas in the future.
Dr Carr presented much information that was easy to understand – from the basic decisions on how many alpacas the available land can sustain, to the needs regarding fencing, water, shelter, holding yards, supplementary feeding in addition to paddock grazing, and transportation of the animals.
The needs of alpacas regarding shearing, toenail clipping, drenching and vaccinations were all explained so prospective owners knew what was required.
How to score the body condition of alpacas was stressed as being vitally important in herd health observations.
Breeding of alpacas and care of the cria was also included.
Printed information was handed out to all attendees and this was well worth keeping for future referral.
Questions from the floor were answered and some of the subjects raised were discussed so attendees left very well informed on the “pro’s and cons” of alpaca ownership.
The Production Health Centre from Roseworthy provides excellent care and advice for alpaca owners.
I have had cause to use their services several times with one particular alpaca and could not fault the care received.
They provide an on farm service as well as service at Roseworthy. Telephone 8313 1999 (24 hours service).