• An Introduction to Diseases of Alpacas in Australia

    Although not the subject of this article, for long term herd health it is important that the following fundamental elements are in place: Good nutrition and husbandry, protection from extremes of weather, parasite control strategies and genetic selection for health (e.g. fertility, adequate milk production, good cria growth rates, freedom from genetic disease, avoidance of excessive in-breeding, etc), not just selection for fleece characteristics and the show ring. more »
  • Code of Welfare for Alpacas and Llamas: Australia, 2016

    The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep and Cattle were endorsed by the Commonwealth of Australia in January 2016. The aim was to establish fundamental obligations relating to the care of sheep and cattle in Australia. Concurrently, the Australian Alpaca Veterinarians, a Special Interest Group of the Australian Veterinary Association, has compiled a code of welfare for alpacas and llamas in Australia to set out in detail minimum standards and recommendations relating to all aspects of the care of camelids. more »
  • Control of Lice in Alpacas

    Lice infestation of alpacas is widespread in Australia, albeit at low levels, and its presence is usually detected in herds at shearing time. Lice are species specific, meaning that camelid lice only infect camelids, cattle lice only infect cattle and sheep lice only infect sheep. There are two genuses of camelid lice, namely the biting or chewing louse, Bovicola spp. (Figure 1), and the sucking louse, Microthoracius spp. The former genus of lice feed superficially on the skin, the latter penetrate the skin and feed on tissue fluids. more »