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Herd Density

Posted on October 17, 2012

How many alpacas can be kept on one acre? When researching, ten seems to be the high average. But, why?

Reason #1 – Pasture, pasture, pasture: Pasture is critical to alpacas’ diet. Quite simply, if there are too many animals in too little space everyone won’t get the amount of pasture diet that they need.

Reason #2 – Parasite issues also increase with higher herd density. Even the “cleanest” farms can see spikes in parasite load.

Reason #3 – Competitive eating can also become an issue in dense herds. Alpacas should have 2.5 – 3 feet of space in which to eat. So, a 10’ gutter should not be used to feed more than 3 animals.

Reason #4 – Safe physical activity: Alpacas need enough room to pronk and play without running in to barriers or one another. Like their two-legged friends, over conditioning can occur without adequate exercise.

  • As a reminder, if Dr. Jackie will be vetting your animals in Pasco for future shows, please send a farm request form in to the office so that Dr. Jackie will know to look for you on Sunday.
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