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ALPACA NUTRITION: AN OVERVIEW ALPACA NUTRITION: AN OVERVIEW
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Alpacas and llamas have simple yet special dietary needs.They require less food per day than other livestock (adultsaverage 2 ½ /-3 1/2 lbs. day of forage) and lower qualityforage than others. Alfalfa hay, for example often has aprotein level of 25% or more which can cause bloating inlamas (lamas refers to alpacas and llamas). Good secondcut, fine stemmed mixes of orchard grass and with a smallamount of clover or alfalfa (no more than 35%) are healthyand palatable to the lama. Alpaca Academy Author: Boyd & Kelly Cumming
Basics of Alpaca Nutrition
Nutrition is one of the major keys to animal health. Without a sound nutrition program, an animal will be unable to produce fiber or a cria to its maximum genetic potential. Limitations in the supply of nutrients can and do compromise an animal’s immune system. Therefore, having a working knowledge of the nutrients needed by the animal, and what feeds will supply those nutrients, is one of the most important steps in managing an animal. Dr. Nancy A. Irlbeck

 

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