Episode 13 – Topical Alpaca Tips with Steve Heatherington


A small selection of topical tips for alpacas as we enter the Spring. From mating, to shearing, to birthing there are things to be thinking about and preparing for. As a bonus there are some equipment suggestions too. Have a spring clean sort out and get ready for the new season.


Trimming fringes etc – I use Jakoti shears

Birthing kit (basics not a full itemised list)

  • Disposable gloves – purple with long cuff
  • Lubrication Gel
  • Scales
  • Harness
  • Iodine
  • Digital thermometer
  • Disposable paper towel (blue roll)
  • Pleated cotton wool
  • bucket
  • conforming bandage

(A good source of supplies but obviously other places can supply these too)

Three things to check

  1. Feet
  2. Fringes
  3. Body condition score

Three equipment essentials

  1. Hurdles
  2. Diary (to double as notebook) or wall planner
  3. A good sweeping broom

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