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Livestock => Camelids => Topic started by: dixie on April 24, 2020, 08:28:00 am

Title: Alpaca queries
Post by: dixie on April 24, 2020, 08:28:00 am
Hi everyone, Iím thinking of taking on 3 alpaca, hopefully to guard my sheep and chickens. Iíve had sheep and pigs for years,  we have plenty of space and grazing and Iím very hands on, Iíve done my research, found a shearer and have only really found positive information for them, does anyone that keeps them here have any negatives I need to consider please? I have a small sheep trailer could I transport them in that or would I need to borrow a big trailer, Iíve heard they lie down when travelling and that some have even transported them in cars/trucks! I also understand thereís no movement license required but wondered if during lockdown Iíd be able to transport? Any info most gratefully received  ;D
Title: Re: Alpaca queries
Post by: ZacB on April 24, 2020, 11:29:05 am
Iíve no experience with Alpacas but TB would be a consideration. Where theyíve come from & where theyíre going to, any neighbours with cattle in a low risk TB area.
Iíd also think about a larger trailer possibly, they may lie down during transport but doubt theyíd be cooperative and crawl in prior to  ;D
Title: Re: Alpaca queries
Post by: dixie on April 24, 2020, 12:52:43 pm
Thank you I donít think they are close to cattle now and thereís none near here, theyíre be pets no breeding or shows etc.