Hot Weather Warning

20 June 2017

With the very hot weather we are currently experiencing remember that Alpacas are at risk of hyperthermia (over heating) and cria are particularly vulnerable.
New born cria can be listless in the heat and may need to be encouraged up onto their feet, to seek milk from their mothers.

It is important that animals are shorn, please contact the BAS Secretary Sue Welch if you need assistance finding someone to get your animals shorn. info@bas-uk.com
It is essential to provide adequate clean drinking water at all times. They may be camelids but they need as much water as goats or sheep. Alpacas need 3-6 litres of water per day. Lactating mothers will need even more.

Shade - allow access to any shade you can provide, even if it is a temporary solution.

Cooling Stations - if available Alpacas will use any water to which they have access to cool their legs and underbellies. A child’s paddling pool can be filled up with water, or the garden hose sprayed gently onto their legs and bellies will often be appreciated. A long sprinkler hose can be turned on for a DIY cooling station.

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