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The Alpaca Book: Managment, Medicine, BIology, and Fiber 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0964661806
ISBN-10: 0964661802
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It may not be the last word, but for now, this is the current word and THE ALPACA BOOK receives a blue ribbon for its professionalism, its unique tone and its broad focus. -- Francie Greth-Peto

About the Author

Murray E. Fowler is a 40 year veteran of the camelid scene, first in private practice then in zoos and again in the private sector as llamas and alpacas became popular. He has authored a book on the medicine and surgery of South American camelids and over 30 scientific publications on camelids. He is professor emeritus of the Veterinary School of the University of California, Davis.

Eric Hoffman has raised domestic camelids for twenty years. He was the founding president of the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association and the author of the North American Alpaca Registry, which was the first camelid registry requiring scientific verification of lineage through blood typing. Eric has written two natural history travel guides and hundreds of articles for regional and national magazines, usually on wildlife and natural history subjects. He and his wife live in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California near the Pacific Ocean.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Clay Press; 1st edition (May 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964661802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964661806
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,880,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book covers all aspects of the alpaca from its history to husbandry. It is easy to understand for beginners and is detailed enough to be a great reference for established breeders. It should be one of the first investments for any one who wants to know more about alpacas.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is comprehensive and covers all aspects of care that you need to be aware of if you are considering purhasing alpacas or you already have them. There is no other source for all this information. The investment in knowledge pays off many times over.
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This book will cut through all the hype of alpaca breeders and give you the amuniton you need when looking at potential animals.

This book is well written by the legendary and pioneer Vet Eric Hoffman. This book is well illustrated and begins with the history of Alpacas in south America and takes you through a journey of Knowlege of Alpaca Biology, Husbandry and Manegementwhich includes training,Feeding,Taming and Training and Transportation. Reproduction chapter includes Genitics and Congenital/Heditary Defencts. Medical Management includes First Aid, Preventitive Medicine

The section I found most informative was the information on Alpaca Fiber, the stages of processing and the Europiean Fiber market and I'ts affects on Alpaca breeding.

This book was given to us by the farm we bought our first Alpacas from and has been an invaulable tool.

I would highly reccoment this book to anyone who is seriously looking at Alpaca Ownership.
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