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Llamas and Alpacas: Keeping a Small-Scale Camelid Herd

4.2 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 193395857X
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"If you have been seduced the those long eyelashes, buy this book! It presents a clear and concise guide to the considerations involved in initiating a lifelong love affair with llamas and alpacas, as well as practical advice to ensure their well-being. I highly recommend it to anyone considering adding some of these enchanting creatures to their family"
— Deborah Logan, Adoption Coordinator, Southeast Llama Rescue

"Finally, a no-nonsense approach to llamas and alpacas! This book is a must-read for novice and experienced farmers. Sues' commonsense approach makes it easy for new farmers to get started. Experienced alpaca farmers will find fresh solutions to old problems. A must for any alpaca library."
— Tina Cochran, Golden Heartland Alpacas LLC

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Whether you're a weekend gardener or dedicated small farmer, you'll gather a bushel of essential information from Hobby Farm Press books. Hobby Farm and its companion editions help both experienced and novice hobby farmers realize their own dreams of life on the farm--for pleasure and profit.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hobby Farm Press (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193395857X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933958576
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's hard to find a decent alpaca book out there that doesn't cost 300 bucks. It's also hard to find a book on Alpacas only, so I settled for this and was pleasantly surprised. The Llamas don't hog all of the pages, and the author was careful to include information regarding both. Unless an awesome book on just Alpacas comes along, this will stay on the top of my book stack.
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I have read this book and used it to prepare to purchase a set of alpaca fiber boys. It has helped me learn what I need to know to take care of these adorable little critters!
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I have several of Sue's books. Any time I am thinking about a new species, I see if she has a book on it. She offers great advice for first-time camelid owners in this one. Very informative. Buy it before you buy an alpaca or llama, though. Alpacas, especially, are not animals you can throw out into a pasture. They are very high maintenance are although they look cuddly, aren't. They're still amazing pets, though, if you are willing to put in the work and the time.
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Not bad ..too much emphasis on activities, making Money etc . Good on medical issues and handling . Not enough on clipping and wool use
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If you are looking for a basic book covering llama care, then you won't be disappointed.

This book covers more about raising, breeding, vet care, and llama behavior. Where I think it needs a bit more info is on shearing(a step by step with photos would be nice), llamas for packing (even a brief on training llamas), more on wool harvesting and production, and llamas for meat production (it only covers the 'pet' aspect).

Another word on vet care: This book only has one paragraph on the deer worm - which is the biggest killer of llamas and alpacas. Once they get it they often die quickly, and the treatment itself can kill them too. The deer worm is a very real threat in areas where Whitetail Deer live. I would have liked to see more info on the worm's life cycle, how it infects llamas, and how to prevent and treat it.

It only very briefly touches on the 'for profit' end.

This book doesn't even mention a good llama transport is a pickup truck with a cattle rack. The book only mentions SUV's, vans, or trailers.
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Learning about the animals helped prevent me from making a mistake in getting them. More maintenance than I have time for at the moment, but then again, that was the purpose of learning about them by buying the book.
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We've been thinking about raising some alpacas and this book was a great overview of everything you need to get started. There are lots of color photos even if all you want to do is learn a little bit more about these amazing animals.
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This book is a high-quality manual about raising Camelids. It tells the reader how to do everything from feeding the creatures to taking their temperature. This book is loaded with pictures and its instructions are written in an easy-to-read style.
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