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Buying or Selling a ‘PROVEN’ dam. (LaCroix Alpacas)

A very reasonable approach to improving your herd and allowing another breeder the opportunity to obtain the genetics that have already benefited you.

“Why would anyone want to buy or sell a ‘proven’ dam?”

You own a “proven” dam that has produced quality crias for your herd. You’d like to keep her offspring as improvements to your herd and sell her instead. She isn’t a cute cria or a shapely maiden anymore. What is her real value to the prospective customer?

Marketing a “proven” dam is a very reasonable approach to improving your herd and allowing another breeder the opportunity to obtain the genetics that have already benefited you... read full article



Electric Fencing, Alpacas, & People! (LaCroix Alpacas)

It works!

When I decided to expand my pastures a few years ago, I chose to use electric rope fencing, primarily because it is much less expensive than wire fencing. A combination of supporting T-posts and fiberglass rods allowed me to have the great advantage of flexibility in changing paddock/pasture configurations before boundaries were made permanent with wooden corner posts.

To attest to the strength and reliability of good quality electric fencing, I awoke one winter morning to find that thre... read full article



Halters That Fit! (LaCroix Alpacas)

A safe halter rests high on the alpaca's nose bone.

Fitting an alpaca halter properly is extremely important for the sake of the alpaca. An improperly adjusted halter affects the alpaca's ability to breathe comfortably, and an uncomfortable alpaca will not behave well.

It is important to know that not all halters are suitable for alpacas. [An example of a very well-designed alpaca halter is the CAMELIDynamics Zephyr Halter.] The halter must fit the alpaca's head comfortably and the nose band must rest just in front of the eyes of the alpaca... read full article



The Alpaca: vicugna pacos (LaCroix Alpacas)

A domesticated species.

An alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated species of South American camelid.

Scientific Classification:

Family: Camelidae
Genus: Vicugna
Species: V. pacos
Binomial name: Vicugna pacos (Linnaeus, 1758)

CATEGORIES:
Native area
History of Scientific Name
Alpacas and Vicuñas
Fiber
Shearing
Handling
Spitting
Sounds
Hygiene
Manure
Acreage
Diet
Lifespan
Hardiness
Digestion
Poisonous plants
Reproduction
Gestation and Weaning


Native area:

In southern Peru, northern... read full article



The Intransigent Female. (LaCroix Alpacas)

Breeding a reluctant maiden.

I haven't had very much experience in breeding an intransigent maiden alpaca but I want to share my particular dilemma in case it helps a fellow alpaca breeder.

One autumn, I had a maiden that was willing to breed at 16 months old of age: i.e., when I behavior tested pregnant females, she would cush by the fence line nearest the breeding area and remain there for a few minutes after testing was completed. She would be two years old the following spring but she was, in my estimation, a little... read full article