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2 days ago

Topic: Staggers

kcfalpacas
Posts: 2
kcfalpacas
Posts: 2
Topic: Staggers
Dr. Ruth: Any latest protocol for rye grass staggers other than just remove from source?
3/6/2018

Topic: Lame Foot

gregc
Posts: 4
gregc
Posts: 4
Topic: Lame Foot
My oldest girl out of the clear blue started holding up her right rear foot. Hopped on 3 legs to drink, eat, poop and roll in the dust. Examined the foot and there were no visible signs of trauma. No swelling in either toe and leg bones felt fine all the way to and around hip. No vocalizations that she was in pain. Gave shots of Banamine and B-Complex every few days. After 3 weeks of no improvement or further deterioration, one day she was down, wouldn't eat and the next day she died. First thought this was age related due to her being 15 yrs old. Has anyone ever had anything similar happen? Didn't take her to the vet because another alpaca breeder 1.5 hrs away had a 2 yr old female with the same symptoms, after numerous blood tests, exams and $700 the vet told her I don't know what's wrong, let's do more tests. Any info or insight into this would be greatly appreciated
2/20/2018

Topic: herd health

jayruss
Posts: 1
jayruss
Posts: 1
Topic: herd health
Dectomax or Ivermectin. Which is preferred?
1/2/2018

Topic: Gelded Males

melbarkley
Posts: 1
melbarkley
Posts: 1
Topic: Gelded Males
Learn to geld males yourself. We have had to learn how to do a lot of little things to keep from calling vet.hhlalpacas wrote:
We only ever gelded one male, that cost us about $250. It did not improve the fighting, boys will be boys and will still fight for top dog. We ended up selling him for $300 so we lost money on that boy.....we would never do it again, and most likely would never put any male in with our females...even gelded.
12/24/2017

Topic: Transport needed asap

aemoss17
Posts: 1
aemoss17
Posts: 1
Topic: Transport needed asap
I need transportation for my stud huacaya who is presently in Wilton, CA but needs to be in Elma, WA whenever & as soon as possible to get him up here. I'm flexible as to time & could meet someone near I-5 with my van at some mutually agreeable point if I have lead time. He had a vet cert but it has long since expired as I've been trying to get him home since last JULY 2017. I will get a vet cert done as soon as I have a trip date. Thanks & call me at 360 470 9317 or house phone 360 861-8584. It is Allison E. Moss-Fritch @ New Moon Alpacas.
12/20/2017

Topic: Cria low weight gain

Lippencott Alpacas

Waynesburg, PA

Lpgaling
Posts: 1
Lippencott Alpacas

Waynesburg, PA

Lpgaling
Posts: 1
Topic: Cria low weight gain
I have a male cria born 9/13/2017. According to my calculations this put him about 3 weeks early. Looking at a list of the signs of premature birth cria he only showed a slight drooping of the ear tips. I was concerned that he did not get his colostrum as it appeared the dam was not producing milk. After several days he did show signs of nursing. His birth weight was 12.2 pounds. Today (12/20/2017) his weight is 22.6 pounds. He continues to nurse and is eating hay/grass/grain. In all observable traits he looks like a healthy cria. Because of the question regarding the colostrum he has been dosed with Bo-Se, CD&T and oral vitamin D. I'm wondering what can cause this and if there are tests we can run.
12/2/2017

Topic: Foxtail in new orchardgrass hay.

weatheredbarnwood
Posts: 1
weatheredbarnwood
Posts: 1
Topic: Foxtail in new orchardgrass hay.
20 bales of orchard grass were recently dropped of to me from a new hay supplier. I had ordered 2nd cut Timothy and he felt it was too “stemmy” so he delivered 2nd cut orchard grass. I never experienced any foxtail in Timothy and I usually only feed my girls Timothy I’m not sure if this is dangerous. It looks like yellowfoxtail and the seeds on the head are green. Is the foxtail dangerous to them? I know Hay foxtail is a big No no for horses because it causes ulcers and I imagine it’s the same for alpacas.. Thanks!!!
10/9/2017

Topic: Gelded Males

gregc
Posts: 4
gregc
Posts: 4
Topic: Gelded Males
hhlalpacas wrote:
We only ever gelded one male, that cost us about $250. It did not improve the fighting, boys will be boys and will still fight for top dog. We ended up selling him for $300 so we lost money on that boy.....we would never do it again, and most likely would never put any male in with our females...even gelded.



OK, that's my dilemma. Thank you for your response I appreciate it.
10/9/2017

Topic: Gelded Males

gregc
Posts: 4
gregc
Posts: 4
Topic: Gelded Males
katy holland wrote:
That is also what I have read. Plus they will fight less and you can pen them with females if needed.



Thank you for your response! I appreciate it.
10/6/2017

Topic: Gelded Males

hhlalpacas
Posts: 2
hhlalpacas
Posts: 2
Topic: Gelded Males
We only ever gelded one male, that cost us about $250. It did not improve the fighting, boys will be boys and will still fight for top dog. We ended up selling him for $300 so we lost money on that boy.....we would never do it again, and most likely would never put any male in with our females...even gelded.
10/6/2017

Topic: Herd for Sale

hhlalpacas
Posts: 2
hhlalpacas
Posts: 2
Topic: Herd for Sale
We also are trying to downsize our herd size to a more manageable size for us. We have them all listed on our openherd website as well as having a presence on Facebook with our Farm Page. We send out newsletters to folks who have visited our farm and that had expressed interest, we're up to over 300 in our mailing list. Word of mouth. Hoobly.com It all takes time. The more you talk about it on posts wherever, help. It is slow going...just know that when the right people come along, you'll sell.
10/5/2017

Topic: Herd for Sale

katy holland
Posts: 16
katy holland
Posts: 16
Topic: Herd for Sale
What is the best way to go about selling an entire herd? I have 10 Suris that I need to sell. Openherd isn't cutting it.
10/5/2017

Topic: Gelded Males

katy holland
Posts: 16
katy holland
Posts: 16
Topic: Gelded Males
That is also what I have read. Plus they will fight less and you can pen them with females if needed.
10/2/2017

Topic: Sand Clear

maryogilvie
Posts: 4
maryogilvie
Posts: 4
Topic: Sand Clear
Live on very sandy soil and would like to know how much Sand Clear to add to the feed and how often. Thanks
9/4/2017

Topic: Gelded Males

gregc
Posts: 4
gregc
Posts: 4
Topic: Gelded Males
I have 11 intact Suri males plus 2 new male crias. I've been reading about gelded males and most of what I've been able to find says that gelding them improves their fleece quality and personalities. Does anyone have any gelded males and what is your opinion/experience on this subject? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
edited by gregc on 9/4/2017
7/26/2017

Topic: Alpaca Farm in Virginia

crimphaven
Posts: 1
crimphaven
Posts: 1
Topic: Alpaca Farm in Virginia
http://lexvarealestate.com/details/residential/132128/
Turn key alpaca farm in the charming & historic college town of Lexington, VA - 17.5 acres, 3 BR/2.5BA home, 2 barns, 2 sheds, pastures, paddocks, water & electric to main barn, auto waterers, plenty of fencing and cross-fencing. Easy to get to and a tourist destination!
6/29/2017

Topic: Female won't eat supplement

Alpacas at Sunset Acres

Berryville, VA

sunset acres
Posts: 2
Alpacas at Sunset Acres

Berryville, VA

sunset acres
Posts: 2
Topic: Female won't eat supplement
We have a lactating female with two week old cria that in the last two days has refused to eat supplement. Before that she had a very good appetite. We have tried three different kinds of supplement ( Southern States pellets and SS pellets with oats and corn and Mazuri Dr Evans alpaca feed). She does eat some hay and some pasture grass, but will only smell the supplements. We have also tried using different feed buckets. Any suggestions?
6/9/2017

Topic: flies etc

Alpacas By Choice

Penrose, CO

Alpacas By Choice
Posts: 1
Alpacas By Choice

Penrose, CO

Alpacas By Choice
Posts: 1
Topic: flies etc
Dr. Ruth, A product called insect shield for dogs with 0.52% Permethrin the other 99.48%is the actual Neck Gaiter. Work for Alpacas or not? wraps around neck. Kills flies mosquitos ticks fleas.
6/7/2017

Topic: Down Male

katy holland
Posts: 16
katy holland
Posts: 16
Topic: Down Male
Did you have a necropsy done on him? I'm thinking it could have been a meningeal worm? Just a thought?
4/3/2017

Topic: Fungus

maryogilvie
Posts: 4
maryogilvie
Posts: 4
Topic: Fungus
We have an alpaca ranch in East Texas. The past winter was very wet and mild and we live in a forest. Just finished shearing last Thursday and a number of are alpacas had fungus issues. The vet has advised us to use one cup of bleach in a gallon of water; and also suggested using power that is recommended for fungus on roses. If you could let me know you thoughts or recommendations I would greatly appreciate it. Most of the fungus is located on legs and stomach areas. thank you