Tips for Alpaca Owners in an Emergency

Here are some tips to help you

  1. Identify your alpacas.  Ensure their IAR tags have been inserted and ownership details in eAlpaca are up to date.
  2. Prepare an emergency plan, and keep a copy in two places, in addition to a copy on your mobile phone.  Include your contact details, herd identification, vet records, diet and any medications.
  3. Hay and supplementary feed for at least 3 days always on hand, water stored in containers.
  4. Alpaca First Aid Kit and any medications for 3 days.  Spare halters and leads, torch, human “grab bag” including a hi-vis vest – all ready to go in your float or van.  Check vehicles regularly, eg tyres pumped up, fuel tank full.
  5. Move alpacas to your pre-determined safe place (identified in your emergency plan).  This may be a day or more before danger arises.  The situation can change quickly or overnight when it is difficult to move animals due to poor visibility.
  6. Stay Informed: link social media and emergency Apps onto your phone, and have a battery-powered radio.


Move to allocated low grass paddock and/or open all internal gates.

Photograph stock being left behind.

Turn off electricity at the mains.

Let neighbours know where you are going and leave contact information.

For information specific to floods

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