Alpaca farming is an interesting endeavor that can be both fun and profitable. To ensure success, you should know some basics about pasturing and feeding your alpaca.
A lawn that is mowed in a timely manner could prove a great asset to the alpaca farm. A riding mower is recommended. Adjust your mower so 3 inches (8 cm) of growth is left after mowing. Do not expose the earth as weeds will germinate alarmingly faster as a result. Weeds are unwanted plants or plants growing where they are not wanted, and they can negatively affect your alpacas’ grazing.
Rotational grazing entails moving the herd between different areas of pasture. After your herd grazes a given section of your pasture, move them to a new spot with plentiful food.
Some species of grass and numerous weeds are injurious to the health of alpacas. Research your area in order to steer clear of this harmful vegetable matter. Concentrate on removing any weeds the alpacas rejected in the previous area, then let this area lie fallow for a month or so. The shallow grass-roots will gather strength and become more plentiful and healthy than competing weeds. In a month, this area should again be ready for the alpacas to roam.
A simple diet of hay and grass is best for alpacas. Feed pellets can be incorporated as a nutritional treat. In the absence of rich, green pastures, supplement hay with food pellets and mineral licks. These should be used sparingly. Alfalfa is too rich for these animals.
Alpacas ruminate much like bovines do. They take great pride in folding their legs to sit comfortably and chew their cuds. You can see how pleased and content they are as they feed.
Alpacas consume less than 2 percent of their body mass each day. For a 132 pounds (60 kg) beast, this amounts to just 2.6 pounds (1.2 kg).
A pregnant alpaca will eat for herself and her progeny. Bear this in mind. Multiply her feed mass by a factor of 1.2 and you can rest assured her young is covered. Do not allow your pregnant animals to become obese. If the mother alpaca is overweight, her delivery may be plagued with complications.
Alpacas, being meek creatures, are fun to feed. They require little effort, yet show great results. Pasturing and feeding in alpaca farming is an enjoyable activity all over the globe!