Suggested Books to Read

Caring for Llamas and Alpacas: A Health and Management Guide - Written by Clare Hoffman and Ingrid Asmus.

This book gives a very board and basis, common sense view of looking after alpacas and llamas. Easy to understand with hand drawn pictures. It is written for the US market however it does contain information that would apply to Australian alpacas and llamas. Easy to read and contains quick health reference guides – which makes diagnosing illness easy and provides steps in what to do in emergency situations.

The Camelid Companion: Handling and Training your Alpacas and Llamas - Written by Marty McGee Bennett

A guide to handling, training and managing llamas and alpacas.

Natural Goat and Alpaca Care - Written by Pat Colbey

A guide for goat and alpaca farmers. It covers all aspects of farming, whether it be for two or 200 animals. The technical information is presented in simple terms and the husbandry consists of non-invasive drug-free remedies that are as natural as possible.

Alpaca Agskills - A Practical Guide to Farm Skills - Produced by the NSW Primary Industries

A basic guide to the skills and practices of alpaca production. Step-by-step instructions, diagrams and full-colour pictures for their care, management and breeding.

Medicine and Surgery of Camelids - Written by Murray E. Fowler

It is a comprehensive reference on llamas, alpacas, vicunas, guanacos, and camels. With information on topics ranging from nutrition and management to infectious diseases and emergency care, this book provides information on the health and maintenance of these species. This is an essential resource for practicing veterinarians, zoo veterinarians, veterinary students or the experienced breeder.

A.B.C Antenatal, Birthing and Cria Care - Co-authored by Carolyn Jinks in conjunction with internationally known Alpaca veterinarian Dr. Ewen McMillan

It is the result of practical experience, monitoring females prior to mating, through pregnancy and post parturition plus 30 pages of information relating to birthing and Cria care. With 52 pages and 28 colored pictures, plus charts, this is the ultimate guide. 

 Topics include:

  • diet in conjunction with mating
  • body reference score chart
  • mating flow chart
  • prior to maternal birthing problems
  • emergency cria care kit contents
  • progress of the normal neonate
  • procedures for nursing care of a premature cria

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