Want to learn more about Alpacas? Staghorn Valley Alpaca Farm wants to help you to protect your investment in alpacas and broaden your knowledge of alpacas. We love to share information about the alpaca lifestyle and alpaca farming. We have a variety of resources that you can use to learn about raising and breeding the alpaca, health and medical issues, and locating supplies. Want to learn more about Alpacas? Here we present a variety of resources that you can use to learn about raising and breeding the alpaca, health and medical issues, locating supplies …
We are a proud member of a number of breeder associations. Any one of them can provide you with a wealth of information. Click on any name to visit their web site:
Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) <www.alpacainfo.org>
The premier association of most of the alpaca breeders in the US.
The Alpaca Registry, Inc. (ARI) <www.alpacaregistry.net>
The ARI maintains the DNA database that certifies the pedigree of all registered alpacas
Empire Alpaca Association (EAA) <www.empirealpacaassociation.com>
The association representing the interests of New York’s alpaca industry
New England Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (NEAOBA) <www.neaoba.org>
Representing breeders from New England and New York State
Research is essential! Even the most experienced breeder can be confronted with circumstances or health situations that are new or complex. Here are three resources that offer papers and discussions on a wide variety of medical and health issues.
Ohio State University (OSU) Camelid Research Program www.vet.ohio-state.edu/docs/ClinSci/camelid/index.html Chaired by David Anderson, D.V.M., one of the most respected practitioners in the US. The health topics link on this site offers a wide array of papers on health and medical issues:
Llama and Alpaca Health www.rockisland.com/~newmoon/llamas/health.html
One of the most extensive listings of medical related links on the Internet!
Stephen R. Purdy, DVM www.purdyvet.com
One of the most respected experts in Camelid health in New England. The Alpaca and Llama Health Information link on his site offers valuable information for the beginner and experienced breeder alike.
Here are three of the most popular suppliers of products essential for alpaca care and farm maintenance:
Useful Llama Items <www.useful-items.com>
Ridge Mist Llama and Alpaca Supplies www.llama-alpacasupplies.com
Stevens Lamatique www.stevenstique.com
The well-stocked library will certainly contain the following volumes:
The Complete Alpaca Book edited By Eric Hoffman
Expensive, but the most complete reference available. Order from the author at www.bonnydoonalpacas.org/alpacabook.htm
Caring for Llamas and Alpacas by Clare Hoffman, DVM and Ingrid Asmus
Another well-written book on Camelid health. Our copy is well used. An excellent investment! Order from the Rocky Mountain Llama and Alpaca Association at www.rmla.com
Alpaca Field Manual by C. Norman Evans, DVM
Dr. Evans is one of the most poular Camelid health specialists in the country. His manual contains a wealth of info on diagnostics, immunization, drug dosages, etc. Order from any one of the suppliers listed above.
Llama and Alpaca Neonatal Care by Bradford B. Smith, DVM et al.
A must for that time when the first cria is due! Order from any one of the suppliers listed above.
The Camelid Companion by Marty McGee Bennett
“The bible” on handling and training your alpaca! Also available from any of the above suppliers.
After all, we are dealing with fiber-producing animals! This self-renewing resource needs to be processed every year and here are a few resources that you will find valuable:
Yocum McColl Testing Laboratories www.ymccoll.com
One of the two major fiber-testing services in the US. This site will help you learn about fiber and the value of the histogram.
Whittick Fiber Mills and Testing Service email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Offer testing using the OFDA2000 method. The procedures measure the entire length of the fiber, profiling the impact of environmental and other factors during the entire period of fiber growth.