Welsh Section D With Her Own Herd Of Alpacas

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Keeping Horses With Alpacas

Alpacas (a camelid species closely related to the llama) will happily graze alongside sheep or horses providing a boisterous horse does not bully them

They have a similar forage based diet to horses; with supplementary cereal concentrate rations required in the winter

Alpacas are popular with smallholding owners, as they are notoriously good at seeing off foxes by stamping and spitting. For this reason, they are useful animals to have around at lambing time

Alpacas are hardy animals, but do need protection from heavy weather, in the form of a field shelter or overhanging trees

They also need annual toenail trimming, shearing and vaccinating and as alpacas share many worm parasites with sheep they do require a worming programme; although faecal egg counts are commonly used, in the same way as with horses

Neutered males are usually the cheapest alpacas to buy and experts recommend that two or three alpacas are grazed together as they have a herd mentality

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