• Transporting Alpacas

    You may think you will not be transporting an animal and do not need to be bothered with other state's regulations. But you can be transporting an animal for many reasons, and need to be aware of all that is involved. If you are going to a show, transporting one for a purchase or sell, or to leave for a breeding, you will need to know that each state has specific regulations and how to find out what those regulations are for where you are going. more »
  • Alpacas: Introduction

    These notes: have been written to be consistent with community, industry and research and teaching based animal welfare legislation more »
  • Alpacas: Transport

    Alpacas must be transported using suitable and appropriate vehicles. NLIS has not yet put regulations in place for the movement of alpacas throughout the country however the need for identification, tracking and regulating movement has been identified and draft rules have been published. Alpacas used in schools will often need to be transported to shows and to other properties. It is important to understand the risks involved in transporting alpacas and to be aware of aspects of transportation that may cause stress to the animals so that measures can be taken to make transport as pleasant and safe as possible. more »
  • Safely Transporting Alpacas

    Alpacas are generally cooperative travelers, which often leads alpacas owners to believe moving alpacas is simple. Not so. Transporting alpacas (especially for any distance) is an activity that shouldn't be undertaken lightly. Whether or not an alpaca shows signs of stress, traveling is stressful for most alpacas. Here are eight tips essential to the safe transport of alpacas. more »
  • Transporting Alpacas

    The methods of transporting alpacas are as varied as the people who own them! Whatever means you use to transport your alpacas, safety and welfare of the animals is of paramount importance. This means open stock trailers, or trucks with open stock crates are unsuitable, as they cannot tolerate the wind chill effect, and may suffer from hypothermia (potentially fatal), or may be able to jump out of the trailer. Covered stock trailers, however, are ideal, as they can be designed specifically for the transport alpaca. Caution: when loading alpacas into a vehicle or trailer using a loading ramp, the gap between the loading ramp and the floor of the trailer is wide enough for an alpaca leg to slip into – resulting in a broken leg. Such gaps should be covered or have a piece of wood etc slipped into the gap so the alpaca cannot slip through. more »