We use the following alpaca books listed
and recommend them as excellent reference materials.
Some of the books listed are a necessity for new alpaca breeders.

Alpaca Reference Books

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The Alpaca Breeding Book

The Alpaca Breeding Book
by Dr KD Galbraith

This breeding book includes information on reproduction and behavior plus everything you need to know about breeding alpacas.  This alpaca book will serve as a guide and help you get your females pregnant so you can be a successful breeder.  We highly recommend this book to all new owners.  For more information and a full review visit The Alpaca Breeding Book Review

Alpaca Picture Book

Alpaca Picture Book: Photos & Fun Facts
by Dr KD Galbraith

A book filled with a collection of some of my favorite alpaca pictures taken over the past 13 years. It also includes some information on behavior to give insight into their personality as well as other fun facts on these wonderful animals.

Llama and Alpaca Neonatal Care

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..." 

Medicine and Surgery of South American Camelids

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.

The Alpaca Book

The Complete Alpaca Book
by Eric Hoffman

One of the best alpaca books because of the multitude of information it contains.  As a fully comprehensive book you will find it a very valuable resource.  Over the years we have continually used this great reference.

Caring for Llamas and Alpacas: A Health & Management Guide

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."

The Camelid Companion

The Camelid Companion
Handling and Training Your Alpacas & Llamas
by Marty McGee Bennett

"This is a book about training, and handling..."  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.

Alpaca Coat for Ruby

Alpaca Coat for Ruby
by Karen DiVita Galbraith &
illustrations by Mariia Kotciurzhinskaia

Our alpaca children's book 'Alpaca Coat for Ruby' was based on a true story as most of the illustrations were inspired from actual photographs of Ruby's life. Have fun reading about Ruby and how she discovers her alpaca coat!

Spinning Books

Hands on Spinning

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.

Start Spinning

Start Spinning
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 Guardian Dog Books

Livestock Protection Dogs

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.

Cesar's Way

Cesar's Way
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.

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