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  • February 11, 2021 11:53 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    STRESS IN ALPACAS

    What causes stress in Alpacas?

    Factors can include: birthing, heat, cold, changes in diet, moving, shows, isolation, new animal introductions, parasites, over handling, breeding, weaning, shearing, public events.

    Most alpacas are pretty resilient but occasionally an alpaca reacts to one or more of these stressors. Alpacas tend to not show when they are stressed immediately but can easily hide it.  It is important that you know the normal habits and behaviors of your animals. With observation you should be able to prevent or stop the stress from affecting their health.

    What are some signs of stress?

    Diarrhea, Shivering, Drooling, Lethargy, Abortion, Fiber Break, Spitting, Open-Mouth Breathing, Raised Tail, Reluctance to Move, Droopy Lower Lip, Stiffness due to Muscle soreness, Heart Rate increased 20-25%, loss of coodination, increased vocalization, pacing, attempting to get away from a situation, turning away from the public in an event, trying to hide.

    When you notice signs of stress, immediately attempt to remove the stressor or the stressful situation even if it means leaving a public event.  Continuing to allow the animal to be stressed will impact its future health.

     In the case of heat stress, it is important to get the core temperature into the normal range 99.5-102 degrees F.  You may use fans to lower temperature, ice packs in the armpits, a cool hosing on its underneath side, move the animal out of the sunlight and into a cooler area.  Giving the alpaca a probiotic or cool water with electrolytes is helpful. If your alpaca is down, call the vet immediately.

                                        Temperature (F) + % Humidity

    Less than 120                                                          No Problem

    150 (ex 90deg +60% humidity)                           Caution No Extra Activity

    Greater than 180                                                    Danger: Observe Closely

     

    The basics to prevent stress is to prevent it in the first place.  If it is extremely hot out and you need to do breeding or move animals do so in the early morning or evening before it gets hot out.  Know what is normal for your animals and observe them on a regular basis.  If you animal is not halter trained and you attempt to take them to an event where they have to walk from a trailer to a pen it will be very stressful on that animal to do so.  If they are not used to loud noises/children/public events, then don’t take that animal.  If it is a multiple day event see if you can trade animals out daily so that they get a break from all the action. During the winter, have coats ready in case your older animals need them. Consider blocking off part of a shelter entrance to prevent cold wind from coming in to the shelter. Extra extra large dog coats work well, or in an emergency an old blanket/jacket/bubble wrap duct taped on can work as well. 

     

     

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  • August 18, 2020 9:47 AM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    FINALLY, We have details for Membership meeting.

    We are meeting on September 13th from 2-4p at Heritage Farm in Flora, In. and on Zoom. You have options. You may come in person with social distancing or sign in with Zoom.  We will be getting Zoom instructions out to you soon.

    We will have a short business meeting then Pamela Walker DVM will be speaking to us on Herd Health/Parasites/Etc. She will have handouts that we will provide online for your use during the meeting. She is very knowledgeable on camelids and has her own camelid practice in Ohio.

    We have missed seeing all of our alpaca friends. Please join us.

    Dr. Walker will be taking questions so compile yours to ask.


     

  • July 16, 2020 8:46 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    We are postponing the membership meeting we had scheduled for July 25th.

    We were having trouble finding a speaker.  We have one for the future. We will see if we can schedule a meeting in August. I'll keep you posted as details appear. 

    Hope you and your animals are doing well.  Please contact us for information as needed. 

    Please let us know if you have any questions,concerns, or new ideas (projects) we can work with during our pretty much closed society. 

    Thanks Andy

  • January 07, 2020 5:14 PM | IAA Admin (Administrator)

    Please remember to register for the IAA Annual Meeting

    January 18, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Civilian Brewing Corps Brewpub 14 N Washington St. Spencer Indiana 47460


  • November 19, 2019 4:43 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    Be sure to return your ballots.  We have received 50% but we want everyone to vote.  It's your organization!  We are excited and looking forward to the new year. If you have new ideas please bring them to the meeting in January.  We need to hear them.  We want to keep you up to date and supported with your alpacas and business surrounding them. 

    We will be announcing the date and location of the January meeting soon. So keep checking here or on Facebook for info.

  • October 19, 2019 11:26 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    Watch for mailing of ballots for the IAA elections and approval of the updated minutes.  You should see this mailing in the next week or so.  Please respond and get involved in your organization. 

  • February 26, 2019 9:59 PM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    Please review your contact information on our website and update it. We want to be able to send upcoming news and events to all members.

  • February 10, 2019 8:38 PM | IAA Admin (Administrator)

    President - Andy Hammersley

    V. President - Elizabeth Taylor

    Secretary - Cheryl Kuhl

    Treasurer - Beth Sheets

    Member at Large - Brad Hammersley

  • December 10, 2018 11:03 AM | IAA Admin (Administrator)

    Dear Indiana Alpaca Association Member,

     

    My name is Lila Beghtel, and I live in Anderson. I am a 13 year old homeschool student and I show my alpaca, Syd, in 4-H every year. One of the requirements for our county’s 4H program is that all members in our club complete a poster educating the public about llamas or alpacas. In the past, I have completed poster projects about dying fiber, shearing my animal, creating a new home for an alpaca, commercial processing of alpaca fiber, and alpaca care around the United States (that one won Sweepstakes at the Indiana State Fair!). 

    This year I have decided to make a poster showing the 16 pure solid standard colors of an alpaca.  I am writing to ask for your help in obtaining samples of each of these 16 colors. If you have pure standard colors of alpacas, could you please send fiber samples to help me achieve this goal?  Samples do not need to be large, but do need to be consistent with the color key listed below. I will be working on my poster in January, so I would love to have samples of each color received by then. Each farm that sends a sample will be recognized in the resources portion of the poster.  Thank you so much for helping me complete this project.  

    Sincerely,                         

    Lila Beghtel


  • December 30, 2017 11:57 AM | Richard & Andrea Hammersley (Administrator)

    We will be meeting on February 3rd, 2018 at the MCL Cafeteria at 5520 Castleton Corner on northeast side of Indy.  I have it confirmed today.  We will meet at 11a for lunch and have our meeting following. Adjourning at 2p.  Please come and give us your ideas and wishes for your alpaca association.  Thanks Andy

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