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Books About Alpacas

There are a fair number of good quality books about alpacas these days, which was not the case even a few years ago. Here, by category, are some that we can recommend.

Common Terms

Common terminology can be very confusing for those first entering the realm of alpacas, and even more so if they do not have experience with other types of livestock or companion animals.  This list of terms is intended to be of assistance to those just entering the world of alpacas.
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Books about Alpacas and Husbandry

Alpacas: Synthesis of a Miracle
Michael Safley
An icon in the American alpaca industry, Mr. Safely has never been afraid to address issues from a unique perspective. Always knowledgable, sometimes controversial, this book reflects his years of experience and deep respect of the alpaca.

The Complete Alpaca
Eric Hoffman
Hoffman has long played an effective counterpoint to Safley.  In this book he covers behavior, fiber, diet genetics and more.  Hoffman has spent significant time in South America, and served as a screener for the Alpaca Registry during the time that imports into the US were still taking place.

Llama and Alpaca Neonatal Care
Bradford B Smith
This is a must have book for the alpaca farm.  Covers the basics of alpaca birthing and new cria care, including problem deliveries and when a vet's intervention is required.  Our copy has gotten a bit dog eared over the years. 

Medicine and Surgery of South American Camelids: Llama, Alpaca, Vicuna, Guanaco
Murray E. Fowler
The definitive source for medical information about alpacas.  Not only should every farm have a copy of this book, but every farm should obtain a copy for the veterinarian.  We have stood in our vet's office as they looked through it determining a diagnosis and course of action. 

Natural Goat and Alpaca Care, Second Ed.
Pat Coleby
A simple to read book that covers a lot of ground about farming and the care of alpacas.  The husbandry include least invasive, natural and drug free remedies.


Alpaca Sales

"Mr. Lincoln entered, carrying an old carpet-bag in his hand, and wearing a weather-beaten silk hat - too large, apparently, for his head - a long, loosely-fitting frock-coat of black alpaca, and vest and trousers of the same material..."

- Francis Browne
The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln - Recollections By Those Who Knew Him
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