Probably the main health problem with alpacas is intestinal worms, much like your pet cat or dog. There are numerous types of worms, some more dangerous than others. Some owners regularly worm their alpacas, particularly during the summer wet months, or the other option is to get their faeces tested by your vet - preferably straight from the animal, but definitely before it touches the ground - and only medicate if the worm egg count is high enough to be a problem.
The paralysis tick is a problem in some areas of Queensland and can cause death. No long grass or shrubs will help to keep them away as the ticks like shady damp areas, but wild animals often carry them into the paddocks.
Older animals can survive a tick provided you find it quickly and get it off, but it will take a couple of weeks for them to fully recover.
Young animals cannot handle them so well and will need urgent veterinary treatment. Injecting with Ivermectin during spring can help or tick collars are used on the young alpacas sometimes.
A drench gun can be used for worm drenching or if you only have a few animals a large syringe (minus needle!) is adequate.
We are situated on 40 acres in the hills behind Narangba, Queensland. We have owned the property for 20 years and bred Alpacas for 6 years.
We have Suri Alpaca (long dreadlocks) and Huacaya Alpaca (soft afro) in black, white, brown and fawns. At the moment we have five stud males, a black Suri, black Huacaya, two fawn Suris and joint ownership of a brown Suri who resides in Queensland for six months of the year and they are all available for outside mating.
Our aim is to improve the fleeces with each generation and so we attend all the local shows in order to get outside opinions on our Alpaca's from both judges and fellow breeders. Each year we have had better results, with 2010 achieving several supreme ribbons and Queensland Suri of the Year and Queensland Huacaya of the Year.
If you are thinking of owning Alpacas or are looking for new lines for your existing flock, we will be happy to show you around our farm.
We will have Alpacas for sale in the coming year. We also have a few pet quality alpacas for lawn mowing.