• Copper Nutrition in Camelids

    Copper (Cu) nutrition is a double-edged sword being associated with both deficiency and toxicity disease concerns. Although all microminerals are of importance, Cu is receiving more attention as a result of the potential toxicity concerns with llamas and alpacas. There is evidence of increasing Cu content in forages and feeding with other copper-containing supplements (pellets and mineral) may predispose animals to a greater risk for toxicity problems. more »
  • How Well are They Growing

    Learn about camelid growth, growth requirements, growth curves, and proper data collection. more »
  • Inquiries on Skin Diseases and Eating Problems

    The first inquiry is a very common one for many llama and alpaca owners, skin lesions and what to do with them. First a disclaimer, I am not a board-certified dermatologist, but the question was more about feeding zinc to address this issue. As many owners are aware, llamas and alpacas have a propensity for unusual crusts and thickened skin that seems to be responsive to zinc supplementation. However, it must be emphasized that there are many other causes of skin disease in llamas and alpacas that are not responsive to zinc. more »
  • Where’d the Sun Go? Vitamin D and Bone Development

    Most people are familiar with vitamin D being known as the “sunshine” vitamin. This is a result of vitamin D being formed in the skin when exposed to certain wavelengths of ultraviolet (UV) light. Most people now also recognize the role that vitamin D plays in bone development. more »
  • Alpaca Fact Sheet #12: Application of Brass IAR Ear Tags

    Many thousands of Australian alpaca now sport IAR tags and their breeders report no troubles, however recent postings on the AAA Inc. Discussion Forum are yielding the odd occasion when breeders have run into some trouble. To assist breeders who are new to the industry or those who have got into a spot of bother, following are step by step instructions and handy hints for the application of the brass ear tags. more »

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