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We have used the following alpaca books
listed and recommend them as excellent reference materials.
We have found some of these books to be a necessity around the farm.
The Complete Alpaca Book
by Eric Hoffman
This is "The Complete Alpaca Book", it has everything and anything you ever wanted to know about alpacas. As a fully comprehensive book on alpacas you will find it a very valuable resource. Over the years we have continually used this book as a reference. We highly recommend this book to all alpaca owners.
Llama and Alpaca Neonatal Care
by Bradford B Smith, Bradford B. Smith, Patrick O. Long
"The birth and care of the neonatal llama and alpaca is one of the most exciting (and sometimes harrowing) experiences faced by new camelid owners. The objective of this book is to help you through this period by giving you some idea of what to expect and what your role should be in the process..." A must for everyone breeding alpacas!
Medicine and Surgery of South American Camelids: Llama, Alpaca, Vicuna, Guanaco
by Murray E. Fowler
"... is the only comprehensive veterinary medicine text on South American camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicunas, and guanacos). It covers camelid biology, toxicology, diseases, congenital and hereditary conditions, and neonatal development, as well as management, nutrition, and care and handling..." An excellent reference book for llama and alpaca owners as well as veterinarians.
Caring for Llamas and Alpacas: A Health and Management Guide
by Claire Hoffman, DVM and Ingrid Asmus
"This book is a guide to llama health care practices, first aid procedures, and general management. It was designed to help you distinguish between situations that need to be watched for a while or that you can treat, versus cases that need immediate veterinarian attention. It is not meant to replace the veterinarian, but rather to alert you as to when you need veterinary assistance." Highly recommended to new owners.
The Camelid Companion
Handling and Training Your Alpacas & Llamas
by Marty McGee Bennett
"This is a book about training, and handling alpacas and llamas..." An extremely helpful book for anyone wanting to know more about their behavior. After reading this book maintenance care is so much easier to do.
Llamas and Alpacas
Small-scale Herding for Pleasure or Profit
by Sue Weaver
If you're just starting out this is a great inexpensive little book for anyone new to raising alpacas or llamas. Great information on buying, raising, caring, and selling. Perfect for the inexperienced small farm or hobby farm.
Hands on Spinning
by Lee Raven
If you are new to spinning this is the best book to guide you as you learn. Chapters include Using the Hand Spindle, Spinning Wheels, Spinning on the Wheel, Fiber Preparations, Drafting and Spinning Techniques, Plying, and Finishing, and much more.
Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn
by Maggie Casey
Whether you're new to spinning or a seasoned spinner... this book is a must! Maggie is a wonderful teacher and with the combination of her pictures she makes learning how to spin so much easier. She teaches drop spindle and the wheel. I wish I lived in Colorado... I would definitely take her spinning classes!
Livestock Protection Dogs
Selection, Care, and Training
by Orysia Dawydiak & David Sims
There isn't much information out there on livestock guardian dogs. I found this book very helpful in understanding the dog's role as a guardian. I never owned a working dog before so this book was very important in helping me to let go and let our dogs work.
The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems
by Cesar Millan "The Dog Whisperer"
I saved the best for last. Cesar is amazing... I absolutely love this guy! He has an incredible understanding of dog behavior and it has been extremely helpful in understanding not only my dogs but all of the animals on our farm. Not only a must for every dog owner but a must for every owner of any kind of animal. Body language, pecking order, etc.... watch your animals and learn! When I get some extra time I will devote a page to tell about our guardian dog, Leila, and how Cesar's book helped us.
Halter's for Llamas & Alpacas
These are great halters, they are adjustable so they fit better than most halters out there. They come in different sizes and colors. If you are getting a halter for an alpaca be sure to get the yearling size.
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Need more information? Take a look at some of the references we use. There are excellent books on raising and breeding these wonderful animals
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Dave & Karen Galbraith
P.O. Box 820
Talihina, Oklahoma 74571
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