Alpacas and llamas are highly adaptable grazers native to mountainous regions of South America including Peru, Bolivia and Chili. In the wild they thrive on grasses and sedges but on a lifestyle section will require supplementary feeding as pasture will be limited and often deficient in certain minerals and trace elements necessary to the animals’ health.
Alpacas and llamas have become popular with life stylers for their fine fleece and personality.
They belong to a group of animals known as the South American camelids, which are quasi-ruminants with 3 chambered stomach. Alpacas and Llamas need palatable, digestible, long-stemmed roughage (leafy, green pasture, hay and/or silage greater than 4 cm in length) to keep their fore-stomachs functioning normally.
Because this diet is nutritionally poor, Alpacas and Llamas have evolved to be efficient in extracting and storing energy as fat. Care must therefore be taken with domestic animals to ensure that they do not become overweight on nutrient rich diets.
Alpacas have a high mineral requirement and in the wild browse many different plants. Unlike sheep and cattle which are grazers, alpacas are browsers, and they browse different plants to get the vitamin and mineral content in their diet. Alpacas and lamas originally come from areas with high selenium soils, which makes them predisposed to selenium deficiency in Australia where soils levels are generally low. They also require vitamin D supplementation, especially in the lower latitudes of Australia.
Barastoc’s Alpaca Pellet ensure that all of these specific needs are met in a convenient and cost effective ration.