If you exceed 20% of pellets or grain in the total daily ration, there will be an inhibition of cellulolytic microbe activity, which will further depress the digestibility of the feed. The diet needs to be at least 25% crude fibre, and of this at least a quarter should be greater than 4 cm long, which precludes a diet of pure chaff-alright for crude fibre, but not fibre length. Alpaca innards are not really designed for high grain diets, especially large grains. Whole corn in the diet can lead to the formation of stones called gastroliths which can jam in the large bowel, and a proportion of any uncracked grain seems to pass through the critters, much to the delight of the galahs fossicking through the poo-piles.
It is better to feed cracked or rolled grain in a long thin line on the ground, rather than in a trough. A large mouthful of grain hurriedly swallowed can lead to choke, which is distressing to the animal as well as the observer. Fed in a long line on the ground means the alpaca has to scrounge smaller mouthfulls rather than gulp larger ones. The daily feeding rate of Alpaca Pellets will vary depending on a number of factors such as body weight and condition, pregnancy status/stage of pregnancy, stage of lactation, level of milk production, activity and quality of the fodder (roughage) being fed.
Generally an alpaca's daily dry matter intake will range from 2% to 3 % of their body weight; comprising fodder such as pasture, hay or silage and a supplement like Alpaca Pellets. Typically Alpaca Pellets are fed at between 0.75% to 1.5% of body weight per day and should be introduced gradually along with good quality roughage such as hay, chaff or pasture until the desired amount is reached. Do not make sudden changes to feeding rates as digestive problems may occur. In the event that digestive problems are observed, substantially reduce, or cease feeding Alpaca Pellets and increase amount of roughage fed until normal digestive activity resumes. Ensure that hay and fresh clean water are available at all times.
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