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"DUMMY CRIA" Syndrome

The SQUEEZE Maneuver.

A Cure For The Dummy Cria Syndrome: The Squeeze Maneuver
by Sheila Cooney Scroggins, RN, MSN, FNP
Alpacas Magazine: 2016 Summer issue {pages 30-34}

Research findings in the study of equine neonatal maladjustment syndrome {also referred to as dummy foal syndrome} by Dr. John Madigan, U.C Davis Professor of Equine Medicine and Epidemiology, have resulted in a treatment known as “the squeeze maneuver”. Due to the many similarities between equine and camelid physiologies, Sheila Scroggins, the... 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 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

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

The ALPACA: vicuña pacos (LaCroix Alpacas)

A domesticated species.

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

Scientific Classification:

Family: Camelidae
Genus: Vicuña
Species: Vicuña pacos
Binomial name: Vicuña pacos (Linnaeus, 1758)

Native area
History of Scientific Name
Alpacas and Vicuñas
Poisonous plants
Gestation and Weaning

Native area:

In southern Peru, norther... read full article

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