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cbornstein

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Posted - 03/27/2010 :  3:18:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can you tell me what type of minerals are given to Adult Alpacas?

Christine A Bornstein
Alpacas by CBRB
Umatilla, FL
email: alpacasbycbrb@hotmail.com

bobvicki

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Posted - 03/27/2010 :  4:39:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Christine,

The appropriate answer is "It depends".

What is your hay and pasture providing and what is in your pellets/grain if you are feeding that.

Without knowing that information you are shooting in the dark and if adding minerals you may just be wasting your money.

Some people do give stillwater minerals free choice and some people don't.

Bob

Bob & Vicki Blodgett
Suri Land Alpaca Ranch
3288 Halter Avenue
Newton, Iowa 50208
641-831-3576
alpaca@iowatelecom.net
www.alpacanation.com/suriland.asp
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cbornstein

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Posted - 03/27/2010 :  5:58:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have Florida Bahia Grass. Occasional Orchard Hay when grass is dormant. It is just starting to get green.
I just want to make sure the pregnant females get enough vitamins etc, especially when they are pregnant and feeding a current cria.

Christine A Bornstein
Alpacas by CBRB
Umatilla, FL
email: alpacasbycbrb@hotmail.com
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Heidi Christensen

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Posted - 03/27/2010 :  11:03:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit Heidi Christensen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I would ask your vet and other farms what they recommend/do. For instance, the Pacific NW is pretty low in selenium so we want to make sure that is supplemented. And the alpacas would get virtually no vitamin D from the sun from fall to spring, so that needs to be supplemented. Requirements in Florida are probably very different.

Heidi Christensen
WingNut Farm
Graham, Wa
(253) 846-2168
http://alpacanation.com/wingnutfarm.asp
http://wingnut-alpacas.com
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Paradise

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Posted - 03/28/2010 :  12:19:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit Paradise's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here is a lab that where you can send samples to test your hay and pastures: http://www.holmeslab.com/home.html You probably have a state lab that can do that as well. Are you feeding pellets?

I am in an area that is also low in selenium, so the minerals are a must for me. Vets and ag extension agents should be able to help you, or you could google selenium level and your area or county and probably find something there. I would also think that with the heat, etc that a mineral supplement with electrolytes would be helpful. Here is the website for Stillwater: http://www.stillwaterminerals.com/ They are very helpful and should be able to help you decide which formula is best for you, along with your vet.

Laura Hillman
Paradise Alpacas
Hempstead, TX
979-826-9559
www.alpacanation.com/paradisealpacasoftx.asp
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dolphin699

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Posted - 03/28/2010 :  08:28:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit dolphin699's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Christine,
Minerals must be provided in areas of the country where there is a deficiency of selenium in the soil. This is essential. It is not a matter of personal choice.
Here's a link to map of selenium levels in the USA:
http://www.hoeggergoatsupply.com/info/selenium.shtml
You will notice that Florida has very low levels.
On my farm I offer Stillwater #104. It is offered free choice.
The alpacas know what they need and will not over consume the minerals.
Mineral blocks are not recommended. The minerals should be kept dry. My feeders are in my barns and out of the weather.
They are never empty!
Hope this helps.
Ellie

Eleanor Schenck
Pacapoo Alpacas
28 Schaefer Road
Jeffersonville, NY 12748
Tel: 845-482-3838
http://www.pacapooalpacas.com

info@pacapooalpacas.com
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highpeaksalpacas

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Posted - 03/28/2010 :  9:52:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit highpeaksalpacas's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We feed Poulin Grain and supply Poulin Minerals...both formulated for our area...so see what your area requires by having your forage tested and finding out specifically what you need


Debbie
High Peaks Alpacas
Wilmington, NY
www.alpacanation.com/highpeaks.asp

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