Feeding

 
Feeding
  • Different groups of animals will have different nutritional requirements.
  • Always ensure that there is enough grazing. If there is not, and especially in winter months, the animals should be offered hay or haylage.
  • There must be a constant supply of fresh, clean drinking water.
  • Heavily pregnant and lactating females and other animals also require a supplement concentrate feed during the winter months. When feeding concentrate, ensure that the food is suitable and offered in the correct quantities to meet your animals’ nutritional requirements.
  • Feeding of sugar beet in the winter is a good source of energy.
  • Don't use haynets because animals could get their heads caught and hang.
  • Be aware that a number of plants are poisonous to alpacas and steps should be taken to ensure that they are removed from paddocks. For details of the effects of various poisonous plants and a list of a number of common ones that can harm alpacas, click here.