September 16, 2016

This is an overview of a recent article in the Alpaca Association magazine for our clients who don't subscribe. The author Jane Vaughan is a world renowned vet and expert on alpaca reproduction, nutrition and care, based in Australia.

Of interest to us were the follow...

February 3, 2016

Last year we had our first ever complications during birthing season - and it came in threes: a vet out to help with unpacking a cria, bottle-feeding and a broken leg. And our first baby of this year managed to get his leg stuck in the fence within a few hours of being...

December 28, 2015

It is that time of year when alpaca breeders need to start to think about preventative measures for countering facial eczema. A dairy farm at the same height as us just up the road got hammered last year and with the el Nino warnings rife we have reviewed what we are g...

December 27, 2015

Up at 5.30 am to check on the patient and she was looking much better. She ate, drank and managed to stand up and straighten the bad leg which is really positive as we were worried about nerve damage. Later (second lot of physio, four more to go...) she tried to put so...

December 26, 2015

So the plan was a relaxing Christmas at home but unfortunately we have had a dog attack on one of our 2014 cria, Tiana, now aged about nine months. We had been out to the beach and found her when we got back. She was cushed but obviously in shock. There were quite a fe...

May 17, 2015

A few weeks ago I mentioned a few sick pacas. All turned out to have high worm counts and the worms have been dealt to. One was a lactating female so her milk was in short supply and her cria Twilight Sparkle started to lose weight. We've been topping her up for a week...

April 15, 2015

Been a tough few weeks on the ranch. Facial eczema has been extreme in the Western Bay of Plenty. This is a fungus that thrives where there are warm ground temperatures coinciding with high humidity and moisture. The fungus spores produce a toxin that damages the liver...

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