— The Openherd Team

Colusa Riverside Alpacas

Small Farm with Large Farm Quality

David & Sheila Scroggins
4360 Indian Creek RdLincoln, CA 95648
530 863 9581
530 218 6255, 916 434 8394

What Should You Put in the Cria Baby Bottle?

Conventional wisdom says cow or goat milk is a good substitute. My research indicates neither of those are the most optimum milk substitute.

Recently, we bottle fed a cria for 2 months with a unique formula which produced good results. I pursued further research to see if my choices of formula had real validity. I had read in multiple sources that cow’s milk was one of the acceptable choices for supplementation. I did however, not feel comfortable with that choice. As a Nurse Practitioner, I knew pasteurized cow’s milk as a sole source of nutrition has its limitations. Numerous sources recommended adding yogurt to increase the pr... Full article >



Don't be left behind, the industry is rapidly changing.

An EPD is an Expected Progeny Difference (EPD). It has been my experience that when you ask an alpaca breeder if their alpacas have been EPD tested and what are their herdsire’s values, I usually get a look of utter astonishment. They have of course, heard of EPDs, but seem to be confounded by the thought that someone might ask. I doubt if a person was shopping for a bovine stud they would get the same response from a breeder.

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