Shopping Basket
Your Basket is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should receive an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Basket

The CAP Report


Alpaca Fuel

Posted on 14 December, 2012 at 8:24

When we talk to people about alpacas we often get asked "What do they eat?"

The simple answer is hay and a blended pellet with minerals.
But it goes a lot deeper than that. Much like other animals and even humans, they will eat a great many things - and left to their own devices they can exist on all kinds of forages and grains. But, just like with humans, the issue becomes "What SHOULD they eat?"

Like all creatures, alpacas have nutritional needs, and if we expect them to produce the best quality in fibre and offspring, then we need to pay attention to these needs. You can't feed your animals forage that has minimal nutrition and expect them to produce quality. That's like feeding your child nothing but junk food and wondering why they are not Olympic athletes.

We work with a local feed mill, and a representative I can call on the phone and talk to about what goes into the next batch of feed. A little more of this, a little less of that - all depending on the weather, the nutritional needs of the herd at the time, and the quality of the hay that makes up the bulk of their diet. Every alpaca will eat approximately 2-4 pounds of hay a day. The 1 cup of pelleted feed they eat daily is meant to add the minerals and other elements that the hay doesn't provide.

The widespread drought in North America has meant that the cost of good hay has tripled. We are lucky because we have local farmers who can supply us with just the kind of hay we need for our growing herd. Many people have had to ship in hay from far away. It may be pricey this year, but we are still very picky about the hay we feed our alpacas. A lack of rain this summer left the pastures pretty lean and nutritionally lacking, so we are not seeing the summer build up of weight on our animals - making good hay over the cold winter even more crucial.

So when someone squeezes a skein of our yarn at the market, or holds a shawl up to their face, exclaiming at how luscious and soft it feels, I'm sure they are not thinking about bales of leafy hay with just the right blend of alfalfa, well dryed and crumbling all over your neck as you lift it in to the feeder - but I am.

AlpacaDeb brings a fresh large bale of hay to the gals. These bales weigh between 700-900 pounds.

Categories: alpaca farm life

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply Seathelaf
8:21 on 9 May, 2022 
Lfcrnt direct isotretinoin next day delivery discount - cialis Kamagra Online Now cialis online without Xigqnh Buy Nexium Online Uk Cmqepb - viagra and cialis online
Reply BooLus
19:05 on 27 May, 2022 
Reply UgoLus
20:24 on 27 May, 2022 
stromectol for humans
Reply MiaLus
7:55 on 28 May, 2022 
furosemide 40
Reply MaryLus
7:57 on 28 May, 2022 
voltaren 75
Reply SueLus
10:31 on 28 May, 2022 
diflucan 50mg
Reply AshLus
18:32 on 28 May, 2022 
ivermectin 9 mg
Reply PaulLus
19:48 on 28 May, 2022 
can you buy amoxicillin
Reply MiaLus
21:35 on 28 May, 2022 
stromectol tablets for humans for sale
Reply SueLus
3:40 on 29 May, 2022 
discount trazodone
Reply IvyLus
5:05 on 29 May, 2022 
roxithromycin usa
Reply JaneLus
8:18 on 29 May, 2022 
furosemide 120 mg daily
Reply BooLus
15:42 on 29 May, 2022 
synthroid 100 mg price medrol otc paxil 10mg albendazole buy online
Reply WimLus
0:20 on 30 May, 2022 
trazodone canada pharmacy
Reply PaulLus
13:44 on 30 May, 2022 
zoloft 250 mg where to get accutane online 400 mg albendazole desyrel 100 mg price
Reply MiaLus
15:08 on 31 May, 2022 
buy diflucan online no prescription
Reply LisaLus
2:54 on 1 June, 2022 
zovirax oral
Reply MarkLus
3:49 on 2 June, 2022 
viagra over the counter in us
Reply MaryLus
18:30 on 2 June, 2022 
where to buy finasteride online cheap glucophage zovirax 800 mg cost lexapro coupon 20 mg cheap generic levitra online 120mg accutane order suhagra 100
Reply JaneLus
0:11 on 3 June, 2022 
sildalis india