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The benefits include exercise; a sense of well-being, stress reduction, emotional well-being and peace and tranquillity, writes Joe Phelan.
There are two areas an alpaca does not like to be touched - their head and their feet; because their main defence mechanisms are sight and flight, writes ‘Alpaca Joe’.
Alpacas make good guard animals for sheep or poultry - generally, they need to be 2 or 3-years-old to have the maturity and confidence to do so, writes Joe Phelan.
A few days later, Samson was on the ground again, so I decided to take him to my vet, this time; however he did not recover and died on route, writes Joe Phelan.
Alpacas are always scratching and grooming thus mites can spread quickly. Mites are highly infectious, so it’s important to treat all others that are in contact with the infected alpaca.
Halter training presents the opportunity to get to know your alpacas very well. Our approach is focused on making sure the alpacas enjoy the experience and not turning it into a battle, writes Joe Phelan.
The hay is like an internal furnace for them and generates heat for them and the feed gives them additional vitamins and trace elements and energy, writes Joe Phelan.
Worming; parasite treatments and the next round of vitamins were on ‘Alpaca Joe’s’ agenda when he returned from Peru.
The Chaccu is where the wild Vicunas are rounded-up annually for shearing; each Vicuna is shorn every second year, writes Joe Phelan.
‘Alpaca Joe’ visited Lima; Cusco and Arequipa as part of his visit to ‘the home of the alpaca’ - read his update here.
‘Alpaca Joe’ is on a working holiday in Peru - the home of the alpaca. He outlines the history of alpacas and the improvement of the breed in this update.
Halter training generally takes 4 weeks but some progress faster than others - ‘Alpaca Joe’ provides some tips as part of this week’s update.
‘Alpaca Joe’s’ open day garnered fantastic interest and was well-attended on Sunday. Attendees participated in a range of discussions.
‘Alpaca’ Joe discussions his plans for an open day this Sunday; trekking business affairs and other routine husbandry procedures.
‘Alpaca Joe’ responded to queries from potential alpaca purchasers and continued his attempt to link up with people interested in using alpaca fibre.
‘Alpaca Joe’ picked up prestigious silverware at the All-Ireland National Fibre Show at Tullamore. He ventured to Tinahely Show to explain how he has identified over 40 different income streams from alpaca.