Alpacas of Alagaesia

Variety is the spice of life!!

Leann & Don Alexander
64639 US 31
Lakeville, IN 46536
574-299-9356 (home)
574-903-6831 (cell/text)
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Excellent Resources!

Great reads for the hungry mind!

The books listed here are certainly not the only books out there but are ones that I have come across and thoroughly enjoyed. Many I refer to quite often and would not want to be without!

Veterinary & Health Resources:

Alpaca Field Manual by C. Norman Evans, DVM -this is one NO farm should be without! Tons of information on health and feed, birthing issues, recommended medicines and problem meds for alpacas, and on and on! I actually have 2 copies, one for the barn and one for the house! :)

Llama and Alpaca Neonatal Care by Bradford B. Smith, DVM, PhD  , Karen I. Timm, DVM, PhD  , Patrick O. Long, DVM  -This also is one that I refer to almost every cria season (and you would think I wouldn't feel like I needed to after years of birthing babies!!!!). Caution though... I find myself getting all "freaked out" by all the things that can go wrong that are explained so well in this manual. My advise is not to get to that point as most all of your births will be simple and trouble free!!! LOL!! I also have one of these for the barn and one for the house! :)

Medicine and Surgery of South American Camelids by Murray E. Fowler, DVM - Ok, I admit, this one is mostly above my head! It is a great book to go to when trying to understand a problem after the vet leaves and you are trying to remember what he was talking about! It is also a great book to have on hand in case your vet needs to refer to it!

Forage and Feeding Management for Alpacas by Daniel Linden, BS,  and David E Anderson, DVM, MS, DACVS - A great manual on selecting feed and hay, planting your pastures, body scoring, etc...

Fiber Resources:

Snowmass Alpacas- The Making Of Champions by Don & Julie Skinner -I am not sure if this is available in print anymore but it is online at the Snowmass Alpacas website. This is a MUST read for anyone who wants to breed alpacas or to anyone who loves the fiber arts! They explain various qualities and styles, end uses, showing, shearing, sorting & grading, the future of the industry, etc...  Another read I would not want to be without and why it is at the top of my list! :)

the Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook by Deborah Robson & Carol Ekarius - WOW! I just got this book and I can not imagine the time that has gone into it! This is an awesome collection of fiber animals (more than 200) with samples from raw fleece to finished product on most all of them!! Mega Kudos to the authors for an excellent source of knowledge!!! What impressed me is that in a lot of general fiber reading, there is usually information about alpacas that leaves me wondering where they got that info.! I have not found that in this book at all! :)

Updated May 08, 2012