Biosecurity and Disease Monitoring

Here at Inca Alpaca we take biosecurity very seriously. As part of our commitment to biosecurity, our entire herd is tested annually for bTB using the Enferplex bTB serological blood test and we have only ever had negative results.

To find out more about the Enferplex test and Surefarm, the company that offer the test please click here

 

Biosecurity

Biosecurity – Here is how we minimise disease risk at Inca Alpaca – Amberley Farm:

1. Part of the biosecurity measures we undertake is understanding the current disease status of all our stock at Inca Alpaca. We do this by:

– Testing animals to identify our current disease status. We routinely test samples of alpacas for BVD, Johnes disease (JD), TB, Coccidia, Resistant worms, Mites and Liver Fluke. Inca Alpaca have never had a confirmed case of BVD, JD or bTB on our farm or in our alpacas. Our farm is totally surrounded by an electric fence that up to this point has been 100% successful at keeping disease vectors such as badgers out. Our farm has maximum biosecurity.

– Investigate clinical disease as it occurs, with sampling and diagnostic testing as appropriate. All alpacas that become ill for any reason are isolated, weighed, treated and then re-enter the herd when they are fully healthy.

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– We carry out post mortem examinations of any animals that die.

– Accurate clinical records are kept.

2. Visiting alpacas that are brought on to the farm are treated with:

– Given Avermectin wormer and anti coccidial treatment and then kept in the barn for at least 48 hours. All faeces is cleared and disposed of away from the farm. The barn is then disinfected.

– Visiting Alpacas are then kept in specialist paddocks and have no contiguous contact with our herd.

3. Drive by services are carried out on disinfected concrete in a small pen in an outside area and the female is kept in a head collar to prevent spitting at the covering sire. Shared herd sires are kept with no contiguous contact to our herd and are bTB tested at least twice during their quarantine period and subsequent re-entry into the herd.

4. Shows: We only attend shows that implement strict biosecurity measures including separate penning for each exhibitor.

– Separate penning will prevent all nose-to-nose contact.

– We routinely bTB blood test our animals so that our stock can be kept separate from non-TB tested alpacas at shows offering this option.biosecurity

– Our show team return to an isolation paddock back at Amberley Farm during the show season.

– If our show team have grazed while away at a show, we treat them with anthelmintic wormers 14 days after return.

5. Amberley Farm is double-fenced and a 5 metre lane-way surrounds the farm to separate Inca Alpaca from neighboring sheep and cattle, therefore increasing our biosecurity.

6. The farm is surrounded by a 10,000 volt electric fence to keep out badgers that could spread disease.

7. All visitors to the farm MUST dip their shoes/boots in our disinfection foot baths and contract tractors are completely disinfected before entering the barn and paddocks.

8. Boots are provided for visitors.

9. All boots are disinfected before and after visiting other herds.

10. Staff to use different boots when working at Amberley Farm.

11. All of the haylage that we feed to our alpacas is grown and baled here at Amberley Farm within the vector proof boundary.