As well as being adorable animals with a thick, warm fleece, llamas and alpacas are also intelligent, discerning, curious and sociable. In addition they are docile, gentle and easily trained. Natural grazers and browsers, they keep down hedges and pastures, they rarely challenge even the most pathetic fencing unless they are frightened, or in love. They require very little supplementary feed, live outside all year round, are generally hardy, healthy and happy.
Llamas and Alpacas – A Guide to Management contains all the basic information required in order to keep these animals successfully and provides an invaluable insight into what keeping llamas and alapacas involves in terms of resources, housing, equipment and skills. It assumes no prior knowledge of llamas and alpacas, nor the husbandry of other domesticated species, and is ideal for the uninitiated as well as being a comprehensive reference source for the established camelid keeper.
The book contains chapters that deal with land and housing, nutrition, husbandry and welfare, fleece evaluation, fleece marketing, animal assessment and showing, breeding, birth, the care of the newborn and common health problems.
Available both new and used from Amazon.
Amazon Reviews of Llamas and Alpacas: A Guide to Management:
“I bought this book for my parents who have recently taken ownership of 3 beautiful Alpacas. The book is very informative and has everything you need to know about Alpacas including housing, behaviour and common ailments. It has been particularly useful for them as new owners just getting started – it is a very easy read and is a good reference book. They have really enjoyed reading it.”
Further Books in this Section
- Goat Health and Welfare: A Veterinary Guide by David Harwood
- Llamas and Alpacas: A Guide to Management by Gina Bromage
- Starting with Goats by Katie Thear
- Starting with Pigs by Andy Case
- Starting with Sheep by Mary Castell