Hi, I’m Jill Bergman and I’m going to tell you a bit about what alpacas eat and what they need to eat. This is grass hay, and I have a very good source that I get out of southern Utah, and you can see that it’s nice and green and it’s not too dirty. Occasionally I will find some alfalfa but, alfalfa actually has too much protein for alpacas so you don’t really want them eating much alfalfa. This hay I get, if you want to raise alpacas you’ll have to talk to other alpaca breeders, or people and find out where do they get their hay.
I’ve also called local farm stores to find out who can service me with hay, but I have that delivered every spring. I always like to get second cut because it doesn’t have that many stems in it. Generally I get it around in July and have it delivered around July. I’m going to show you here the supplements that I feed the alpacas. This is really my winter feed. In the summer it’s not as heavy as this. These are my pellets that I feed them and this I feed them all year round. This was designed by a fellow at Brigham Young University and it’s specifically for alpacas. I don’t know, my alpacas have been very healthy with this so I’ve been very pleased with it. In the winter I give them alfalfa pellets and I don’t do that in the summer, but I do give them alfalfa pellets. Then there’s another thing mixed into this, it’s called cob. Cob is corn and oats and barley and it’s mixed with molasses so it gives it a little Mmm taste for the alpacas. Each alpaca, I have these bowls, and each alpaca gets one of these every morning.
This is what they live for. This is what makes life worth living. They love this. Along with that I also give them a scoop of this fiber nutrients. This was developed by a doctor, a veterinarian out of Ohio, Dr. Evans and I mix that in like that and that fiber nutrients helps to keep their fiber nice and lustrous and healthy and strong. Having strong fiber is very important when we’re talking about an animal that is a fleece producing animal because, if you have to process it, it has to be strong fiber. So that’s the purpose of that.
Now here we have minerals and these minerals look like this. We just free feed them minerals, they have this in buckets so they can eat as much minerals as they want. It’s just like salt and trace minerals and things just to keep their body balanced.
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