• Alpaca Behaviour

    Elizabeth Paul
    Erehwon Alpacas, Victoria, Australia

    Date of Publication:

    Alpacas Australia, Issue 52, Autumn 2007, pp. 14-17

    Many alpaca owners have come to the fascinating world of alpacas with very limited experience of any kind of animals, or their behaviour, either as a group or as individuals. Some new owners or breeders with small herds have run into problems with young males, which may be a nuisance at first, but which can quickly develop into a more serious situation. This may happen when alpacas are given the wrong kind of attention and petting from their owners, or when they are allowed to intrude into the owners’ personal space because the behaviour is seen as ‘cute’. In due course, the alpaca may try to start dominating the human, in the same way as it would start challenging for its place in the herd. In order to make more effective management decisions with our animals, we need to understand their behaviour from their point of view.

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  • First Report of Anthelmintic Resistance in Haemonchus contortus in Alpacas in Australia

    Abdul Jabbar, Angus J D Campbell, Jennifer A Charles and Robin B Gasser

    Date of Publication:

    Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:243

    Parasitic nematodes can cause substantial clinical and subclinical problems in alpacas and anthelmintics are regularly used to control parasitic nematodes in alpacas. Although anthelmintic resistance has been reported in ruminants worldwide, very little is known about anthelmintic resistance in alpacas. The present study was carried out to confirm a suspected case of anthelmintic resistance in Haemonchus contortus in alpacas in Australia.

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