My alpacas appear to get through very little hay in the winter so I have to assume that there is sufficient forage in the pastures to keep them topped up. They have free access to hay and yet consume less than expected. I would estimate that a nursing mother is eating 1 pound of dry hay each day. So about 30lbs per month and over I will go into this winter with about ten bales of hay from last year and about twenty bales from this year.
Grain is another matter and I am waiting to hear when we will be putting in our next grain order with the local coop for our customised alpaca mix which is specially blended to contain high amounts of selenium, which is naturally deficient from grass in this part of the world.
The alpaca farming paperwork beckons and it is not to be ignored lightly. There is nothing worse than missing a key date or event because your animal health records were not up to scratch.... plus I have some cria registrations to file.