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Weaning Your Cria

by Ann Haldane 

Weaning can be an extremely stressful time for dam, cria and owners! However, we often make it more traumatic for allconcerned because of lack of thought and planning. While most cria are ready for physical weaning at 6 months old, 
both they and their mother have a strong emotional bond.
 
 
 
 
Do not assume that weaning will always occur naturally if the pair are left...
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Copper Nutrition in Camelids
By Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PHD 

Llamas and alpacas require dietary copper (Cu) to help maintain normal body functions but in excess this trace mineral can be toxic.




Copper (Cu) nutrition is a double-edged sword being associated with both deficiency and toxicity disease concerns. Although all microminerals are of importance, Cu is receiving more attention as a result...
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By Lance Gegner and Updated by Hannah Sharp 
 
Llamas or alpacas can be a good addition to a farm or ranch—an alternative livestock enterprise on marginal pastureland that fits well into a diversified farming operation. This publication discusses considerations for raising llamas and alpacas, including regulations, marketing, nutrition, care, reproduction, and handling.

 

 
 
 
Llamas or alpacas can be a good...
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What is the definition of Superwash?

Some clothing lines of wool are now being promoted as “superwashed” for next-to-skin capabilities by removing the wool’s lanolin and barbs.  According to Textile Chemicals: Environmental Data and Facts, the superwashed wool is treated with synthetic resins (polyamide / epichlorohydrine or polyurethane), a method that can include such chemicals as chlorine and hypochlorous acid, sulphuric acid, sodium hypochlorite, alkali metal salts of dichloroisocyanuric acid (DCCA) and an acid-stable wetting agent. The chlorination process for wool has lead to enormous environmental problems.  

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Top fashion companies across the industry all drew the same conclusion after a bevy of recent studies. Our fleeces, athletic wear and leggings release micro-plastic fibers when washed, and these micro-plastics, which are too small to filter out of the wash, end up in the ocean being consumed by marine life and ultimately, by us. We must, they realized, find alternatives.
Well,...
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As we moved into July, my sister and I once again needed to make a decision on where to go for our annual hiking trip. We decided on Taylor Fork outside of
Yellowstone Park. Nope, too many Grizzly bears. What about Gallatin Canyon? No, still too high of a risk of Grizzly encounters and I wouldn’t sleep at all for
our 3 day outing.
So, we decided on a new area – East Rosebud Trail in the Custer...
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Made to move with you.

A sports sock designed to endure high intensity athletics with you and provide the smoothest, coolest ride. Created with your movement and comfort in mind.
  • Comfort Control: Moisture-wicking socks for dry, cool feet that need to move. Arch band and ankle tabs keep socks in place throughout the day.
  • Movement Support: Extra cushioning without the bulk where you need it most.
  • Built...
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Alpacas have a 11.5 month gestation, so when they are born they are ready to go in about 30 minutes.  Give them 2 days and they are full on playful and fun.  Watch Marco hanging out with him mom Pogo and enjoying life in every way.

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Each year, around the beginning of June, we need to shear our alpaca crew for the Summer. This helps them stay cool in the Summer and we can continue to make Socks, Hats and other products.


Here are a couple of quick videos from this year's alpaca fleece harvest:





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MAY 17, 2019
ALPACAS OF MONTANA HIGHLIGHTED IN GOOGLE’S ANNUAL ECONOMIC IMPACT REPORT FOR MONTANA

 

GOOGLE’S SEARCH AND ADS TOOLS ASSISTED IN 32% GROWTH IN 2018

 

[BOZEMAN] -- Today, Alpacas of Montana, Inc. announced that it was highlighted in Google’s tenth annualEconomic Impact Report - a report that showcases how businesses,publishers and nonprofits across the United States...
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Lake Titicaca is a large, deep lake in the Andes on the border of Bolivia and Peru, often called the "highest navigable lake" in the world. It sits at an elevation of 12,500 feet.  On the lake, various native Peruvians thrive on their own island - some made made naturally from the earth and other islands are made made reed islands.

Other cultures lived on Lake Titicaca prior to the arrival of the...
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