Mycoplasma Haemolamae in Alpacas

Saving Your Alpacas' Life

“The Silent Killer”

Mycoplasma Haemolamae

This paper is to help you save your alpacas' life from one of the little-known alpaca diseases. The disease is Mycoplasma Haemolamae (MH). It is a “Silent Killer”! MH has been detected since the 1990's and was originally called Eperythrozoonosis or EPE. Recently the name has changed in the medical comm... read full article

Social Environment for Alpacas

Social Environment:

Alpacas need to live in association with other herd animals, preferably at least one other alpaca but three is a herd. Without appropriate companionship, most will fail to thrive. Therefore, it is recommended that alpacas never live alone. An alpaca should not be raised as a single baby away from any other camelids.  

Alpha or highly territorial males may need to be corralled separately, but should be within sight of other alpacas.

Crias should remain with their dams... read full article

List of Frequently Used Medications

Dose Your Alpacas with Correct Amounts of Medication

I Am Not a VET!

I have 18+ years experience keeping my alpacas healthy and well. Listed below are common drugs used for alpacas and the normal dosages. If you have any question about the use or dosages contact me or your vet.

Once in a while we just need a reminder sheet of the dosage requirements for various medications. I have written an article talking about a Silent Killer parasite and my experiences with alpacas.
(see: Mycoplasma Haemolamae in Alpacas)

- Dewormers

Dectom... read full article

Parasites and Drug Resistance

Great information for Alpacas as well!!!!!

Over the last few years the problem of parasites resistant to dewormers has exploded. The problem varies dramatically depending on the area of the country and the individual risk factors each producer has. We will discuss species differences then talk about other risk factors that increase the potential for drug resistance.

Species differences -
Cattle: Because cattle have evolved with parasites, they are more adapted at fighting off parasites; it is rare to see an adult cow die of clinical ... read full article

The Tax Benefits of the Alpaca

Legal Tax Information

In addition to their stress reducing and other lifestyle benefits, alpacas permit unique diversification of financial portfolios. Unlike conventional investments, alpaca ownership features tax deferred wealth building and compound appreciation.

Insurance: A very important point to remember when considering investment in alpacas is that they can be insured against loss, adding peace of mind not offered by other investments.
Tax Deferred Wealth Building: With a herd growing and increasing in v... read full article

Heat Stress in Alpacas

Help Your Alpacas Survive

Time for the annual review of heat loads . . . There is quite a bit of confusion and this may help clear up some of the issues.

First, none of the heat load equations I have seen thrown about on the site take into account the wind or the dew point. These are MAJOR issues and without considering them the "equations" are quite meaningless.

Secondly, the "equations" do not take into account your local conditions in the barn, the physiological state of the alpaca, the amount of shade, mud or o... read full article