Alpacas have adapted very well to life in Britain and are generally hardy, healthy animals that are relatively easy to keep. However, it is important to be aware of acceptable ways of keeping this class of animal, including basic knowledge of their nutrition, exercise needs, breeding regimes, normal and abnormal behaviours etc.
This can be a shared effort, ie, the people/team looking after the animals need to collectively have the knowledge and skills to fulfil the husbandry (or care) requirements. And the person(s) in charge need to know the limit of their knowledge and skills, and seek help and advice when necessary (eg, from their veterinarian).
By joining the British Alpaca Society, you enter the safety of a national network for all things alpaca. Via this website, Alpaca magazine, BAS regional groups and regular electronic updates from the Society, you will be kept up to date with all developments affecting alpacas in the UK. You do not have to own alpacas to become a member but if you do want to explore ownership, then you owe it to your animals to join the BAS and keep them within its protection.
No book or website can offer practical hands on experience, however, the majority of BAS members are only too pleased to share their expertise. BAS has trained number of affiliates who are trained to deliver training!! Look under education for current courses. Many members offer their own day courses, workshops and open days and your local BAS regional group will welcome you with open arms. All you have to do is ask…
DEFRA also periodically publishes general advice on its website, eg, how to safeguard against farm fires or dealing with seasonal issues, such as protecting animals in cold weather, animal transportation, etc.