Alpaca Milk Replacer

Healthy Bird, PO Box 225, Willaston.  S.A.  5118
Ph. 04 1984 9192        ABN 54 112 618 417



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Wombaroo Alpaca Milk Replacer is a highly digestible, easily prepared milk substitute formulated to closely resemble the nutrient composition of alpaca milk. Data for alpaca milk is incomplete and milk composition values for the llama have been included in the formulation of Wombaroo.

HAND-REARING: Success in hand-rearing cria greatly improves if they receive colostrum at birth. Impact Colostrum Replacer is available for cria that did not get colostrum from the dam. A healthy cria should stand and begin nursing within 1 hour of birth.  New born cria should be kept in a clean, draught-free environment. Warm Wombaroo to about 35 C. Feed from a bottle with teat every 2 hours for the first 4 days, reducing this to every 4 hours by the end of the first week. Continue feeding every 4 hours for the second week.  During the third week reduce feeding to 6 hourly intervals.  To make feeding easier encourage cria to lap milk from a small bucket.  Avoid dehydration during periods of hot weather by giving cria a drink of pre-boiled water between feeds.  Animals drink water when thirsty so always have drinking water available.

GROWTH: Depending upon its sex, a cria should weigh from 6 and 9kg at birth and grow at a rate of 200 to 300g per day. Where possible, weigh cria regularly to verify weight gains and to determine the volume of milk to feed. Overfeeding milk can cause diarrhoea, so feed the suggested volumes in our tables.

WEANING: Mother reared cria are usually weaned at six to nine months of age.  In most cases it would be impractical to hand-rear a cria for this time, so many owners will want to begin weaning as soon as possible. We would advise feeding milk for at least three months and this would require about 75 litres of Wombaroo. To entice cria to eat solids, offer small portions of pelleted food soaked in Wombaroo.  Once they start to eat solid food continue to increase the solids and reduce the milk in their diet until they are fully weaned.

Consult your veterinarian for more advice.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Wombaroo is a powder and is available in pack sizes of 1kg, 5kg, 10kg and 20kg.  If unopened the powder remained stable for up to 18 months if stored below 30 C. and protected from moisture.

To make one litre of milk add 170g of powder to 400ml of warm pre-boiled water and mixed into a paste. Then make up to one litre with warm pre-boiled water and mix thoroughly. Milk can be mixed using an electric whisk. Prepared milk can be stored for 24 hours if refrigerated, or up to two weeks if frozen. Milk that has been thawed should be well mixed before use and not refrozen.

ECONOMY: Wombaroo not only provides the best nutrition for your cria, it is also inexpensive to use. Based on recommended retail price it would only cost about $2.50 per day to rear a cria.

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