Using alpacas for flock protection

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Original content from BKB.        

During the last couple of years there has been an upsurge in interest in using alpacas to guard flocks of sheep and goats against loss of lambs and kids.

Many sheep producers are using Alpacas as an environmentally friendly way to protect their flocks against predators.  Alpacas have a strong natural instinct to protect their flocks, even if it is an adopted flock.  Alpacas have the added advantage in that they also produce highly valuable wool fiber.

Many of the early farmers, especially in Australia, used them to protect their valuable stud stock. After getting increases in lambing percentages of greater than 20% they are now finding that it is economical to use alpacas to guard their commercial stock as well.

Farmers have made many encouraging remarks about the value of alpacas including:

    ~ Taking special care of ewes and does with twins and those who which have lost their mothers.
    ~ Dead lambs lying in paddocks for days without being eaten by predators.
    ~ Alpacas making loud noises to alert mothers that foxes and dogs are about.
    ~ Being alert and unnerving foxes by eyeballing them foxes not eating fox baits in the neighbours paddock near the boundary fence due to fear of alpacas in the next paddock.

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