Angel Acre News!

Volume II, Issue V
May 2009

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Alpacas and Toxic Plants

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The signs of Spring are everywhere here in the Rocky Mountains. The mountain snows are melting, the grass is green, trees are sprouting and spring crias are arriving! The long wait is over for the many breeders anxiously anticipating the birth of our "little" alpacas.

The Great Western Alpaca Show recently held in Denver was a huge success. Many new friends were made and old friendships were renewed. Bolero showing for the first time took a 5th place win in his class. Way to go, Bolero!

With the advent of the spring growing season keep the season a happy one. Be sure to know what can harm your alpacas and what to look for in your pastures. Read below...

Alpacas and Toxic Plants...

With the spring growing season upon us it's very important to be aware of the many toxic plants that could harm alpacas. If you observe any of your alpacas with the following symptoms call your veterinarian immediately! Symptoms include:

  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Breathing rapid and shallow
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drooling
  • Lethargy
  • Twitching leg muscles
  • Reluctance to move around
  • Excessive salivation or frothing at the mouth
  • Loss of muscular control
  • Blindness
  • Convulsions
  • Coma

The following plants are poisonous and could cause organ failure or death for alpacas with just a small amount eaten:

Oleander Foxglove Iris
Lily Cokecherry Bracken Fern
Death Camas Groundsel Larkspur
Locoweed Lupine Nightshade
Poison Hemlock Water Hemlock  

In addition to the above check pastures and wooded areas for Broom snakeweed, Crown vetch, Halogeton, Juniper, Morning Glory/Bindweed, Ponderosa Pine, Scrub Oak.

Weeds that grow annually can contain high levels of oxalates and nitrates which can cause problems for alpacas if eaten in high amounts. Familiarize yourself with the following list to determine if these are in your pastures:

  • Curly Dock/Sorrel
  • Jimsomweek/Thornapple
  • Johnson grass
  • Kochia weed
  • Pidweed
  • Lamb's Quarter
  • Rayless Goldenrod
  • Oat grass

The department of agriculture will come to your farm and examine your pastures. This is one of the most important preventative measures an alpaca breeder/owner can do. Spring is a joyous time of year with "little" alpacas arriving everywhere. Knowing what to look for in our alpacas environment will assure a continued happy and fruitful season.

Here at Alpaca Angel Acres our own shearing day is just a few days away. Events, before and after pictures, the fun and foibles will all be featured in our June newsletter.

Until then have a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday!


Laurie Kennon
Alpaca Angel Acres

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