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We have a number of farm management articles available, covering stock rotation, poisonous plants, soil and much more. Click the read more links to see the full article below.

  • Stock Rotation

    Stock Rotation: There are 4 recognised methods of rotating stock around farms, generally speaking alpaca farms use only 2 of them (rotational grazing and set stocking), although in severe winter conditions On/off grazing may also be used. The other common form of stock rotation (break fencing) is not recommended by us as it involves the Read more…

  • Poisonous Plants

    Alpacas are prone to tasting anything that comes within reach, so it pays to become familiar with toxic plants to ensure none “sneak” into your pasture (or are reachable over a fence). Be aware that many toxic plants become more palatable and more toxic after death, so don’t make hay from paddocks infested with poisonous Read more…

  • Cross Grazing

    Cross grazing other species with alpacas is accepted practice on many farms.  This can be a good solution for reducing the long grass which grows around alpaca middens.  While alpacas do not eat this grass until the midden is well broken down, sheep and other stock do not have the same reservations. Co-grazing Safety Issues Read more…

  • Dung Removal

    Dung removal serves two purposes:  it cleans up your paddocks, making more grazing area available, and removing unsightly middens, and it also helps to minimise the spreading of the worm burden in your stock. At this stage of the industry most alpacas are farmed fairly intensively on small blocks of land.  While this is convenient Read more…

  • Lime and your Soil

    Lime is usually applied for 2 main reasons: either to raise or maintain soil pH levels at desirable levels. (New Zealand soils tend to be acidic with a low pH). The application of small amounts of finely ground lime flour can stimulate the activity of soil animals such as earthworms, bacteria and fungi. When lime Read more…

  • Pasture Plants

    We feature a couple of suggested organic pasture mixes at the bottom of this page, that are ryegrass free. However, we recommend you read the full article so you make an informed choice when selecting grasses and other plants to reseed your pasture. Ryegrass is considered the pasture of choice for most farming applications in New Zealand Read more…