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Biosecurity & Welfare

Taking biosecurity seriously is a necessity of life for most farmers these days and even though many of the measures which are compulsory for farmers of sheep or cows are so far only voluntary for alpaca keepers, we follow best practice, including movement logs, and do all we can to keep our alpacas and visitors healthy.

Alpacas are generally susceptible to most diseases that affect other ruminants and tend to be treated similarly although camelid-specific research is in many cases sparse. Our annual regime includes vaccination with Lambivac against pasture-born infections and Fasinex againt liver fluke (which is prevalent in our area) Additionally we treat for specific worms or coccidia when indicated by faecal counts. Together with careful attention to nutrition including mineral supplements, and the space for our alpacas to get plenty of exercise on the mountain, we aim for strong immune systems and healthy, fit individuals.

We are fortunate enough to live in an area where TB outbreaks are relatively rare but there is no room for complacency. We limit contact with outside animals to reduce the risk of spreading this and any other diseases. Specifically:

Unavoidable Risks

It is important to acknowledge that some risks are unavoidable. On a farm of more than 100 acres it is not feasible to eliminate wildlife vectors such as badgers and foxes. The perimeter fence/wall is nearly two miles long so the kind of fencing needed to keep, say, badgers out would be a monumental and expensive effort. There are also public footpaths that cross our land, and it is entirely possible for human feet to be disease vectors as they go from field to field.