• Alpacas: Introduction

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

    The last twenty years has shown us how easy it is for anyone to keep alpacas. These wonderful animals have adapted very well to life in Britain and are now in the fields of many properties throughout the country. Alpacas are hardy animals whose forebears have spent thousands of years grazing on seasonally diverse pastures in very harsh weather conditions. Here at Inca Alpaca we have developed a husbandry regime that keeps our alpacas healthy, happy and in optimum condition. We can divide basic alpaca care and husbandry into eleven areas. more »
  • Health Issues

    If you are thinking about alpacas as pets, the good news is that health issues aren't a major issue. Breeding alpacas can be a bit more intensive, but looking after pet males can be a lot of fun with very little work. While pet alpacas are easy to manage, there are still a few very important health issues for pet owners to consider. more »
  • Basic Care

    Raising alpacas, whether for fun or profit, is a responsibility. Just as with any other livestock or pet, we believe before you buy or adopt alpacas, it is important to do your homework and find out what the animals need to live happy, and healthy lives. You will need good information about fencing, shelters, equipment, haltering, caring for feet and teeth, good nutritional information, parasite control, pasture management, and transportation. You'll also need to learn how to combat environmental extremes: keeping them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And let's not forget veterinary care, first aid and assembling handy lists of good resources! more »
  • Handling Cria at an Early Age

    When it comes to handling alpacas, it is better if they will accept our touch to ease any stress, to understand what we want and to develop confidence and trust in us. This acceptance also enables us to halter train at a young age. You should never intervene unnecessarily between a mother and cria during the birth process or for several hours afterwards, as this time is important for the bonding process and for the establishment of successful feeding. However, you can start handling on the day of birth, but only do so if all is going well and mum and cria have established a correct relationship. more »