Alpaca Accommodation

Accommodation

Adequate grazing should be provided for the number of animals kept.

The stocking ratio for alpacas is four to five per acre. This should be reduced if necessary during winter or when grass is low.

Four-foot sheep fencing using stock netting is suitable for alpacas because they rarely jump and barbed wire should be removed. Post and rail and electric tape fencing can also be used, but avoid electric netting because animals can become entangled.

It is advisable, if possible, to rotate grazing, allowing land to recover. Foot rot is not common in alpacas, but if conditions are extremely wet for prolonged periods, there should be an area of drier ground provided.

Alpacas are hardy animals and can live outside all year round, providing they have some form of shelter. This includes good hedges and trees to tuck under as well as field shelters.

In larger fields, it is advisable to have a small enclosure or catch pen. By feeding animals here they will become accustomed to the area and it will make catching them easier for routine husbandry, training or veterinary care.

Paddocks must be checked for toxic plants and flowers. Remember that the animals’ long neck allows them to reach further than others.


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