Have you ever thought of rearing alpaca and horses all in the same ranch? This is one of the questions that I periodically ask my readers when they call on me for advice. First, it is nice to note that I have vast knowledge of alpaca but I do not in any way intend to rear them together with horses.
Here are the pros and cons of rearing Alpaca and horses together.
Perhaps one of the main benefits of doing this form of animal keeping is that you get to save money on pastures and medications. This is because the two domesticated animals can share some of the medications. However, you should not now ignore the need to seek the expertise of professional veterinarian expert. Some of the medications that are given to Alpaca may have a negative impact on horses. The vice varsa is also true.
Unless you have a very expansive ranch, you should never attempt to rear Alpaca and horses in the same area. This is because the two are not actually real friends and could harm each other if threatened. Lack of enough food is one of the main causes of this problem. However, if you have the ranch and enough pasture, go ahead and keep them together.
There you have it, those are the pros and cons of rearing Alpaca and horses in the same area. If you must, separate the two and you will not regret it.
Despite the fact that rearing of Alpaca has been going on for many years now, there are people who are still reluctant to them. Here are some of the primary reasons why there are people who are reluctant to keep this weird animals in their homesteads.
The cost of keeping Alpaca is very high as compared to other domesticated animals such as cows and goats. This is because they require a special diet plan and are too complicated to understanding let alone stand the view. You will need to set aside a huge amount of money to take care of these animals. Our friend at Chapel Hill Tree Service, certainly understands the cost factor as they have 10 Alpacas on their property.
The weather conditions have a direct impact on the health and development of Alpaca especially during their young ages of 5-10 years. This means that it is not possible to keep these animals in some parts of the world. However, it is possible if only we could be able to create greenhouses for specifically rearing animals not growing crops such as tomatoes and carrots.
Lack of Information
We of information on how to rear Alpaca is one of the leading reasons why most people especially in the developing countries have not started to rear it. However, there are parts that this animal cannot survive for the reason highlighted above.
Indeed, there are reasons why Alpaca farming is still a tall order to most people. It is however important for the government to sensitize people about the animal to increase its population.
Alpaca are some of the rare domesticated animals in the world. It is actually difficult to imagine how our ancestors decided to rear them, as they do not look like friendly animals from far or animals that you can actually eat and gain other numerous benefits from.
Just like other domesticated animals such as goats, rabbits, camels, cows, chicken, turkey and the list continues. Alpaca require special diet plans. Their nutritional requirement is closely related to other domesticated animals but a bit different as they need high supply of water on a daily basis. There are numerous platforms and people online who can help you understand the specific type of foods that you should feed the Alpaca.
It is imperative to invest in a nice pen to house the Alpaca and its calves from the harsh weather conditions. Climate change and global warming have made it almost impossible to predict the weather. Based on this fact, it is imperative to ensure that the pen is made from materials that can stand the harsh conditions such as heavy snow and rainfall. Surprisingly enough, we still have ice in the Antarctica and Arctic, but it is our hope that this trend will reverse.
Finally, you need to ensure that the Alpaca is seen by a professional veterinarian periodically to keep away diseases and infections that affect the animal. It is not possible to list the diseases and infections in this article.