Alfalfa, feeding

Most vets recommend feeding a good quality, dust free grass hay, 10-12% protein. Alfalfa is thought to be too rich for alpacas and too high in protein. When feeding alfalfa, it is possible to upset the calcium/phosphorous balance - especially during the first year of the crias life when bone development is so crucial. Urine scald from the high acid content of alfalfa has also been experienced. Some breeders have also experienced a blocked ureter in male alpacas from calcium deposits attributed to feeding alfalfa. A constant diet of alfalfa definitely puts unwanted weight on llamas/alpacas and this form of malnutrition also can be the cause of many breeding, birthing, milking, and general health problems.