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Biosecurity for Camelids. Biosecurity for Camelids. • Purpose: prevent introduction & spread of disease in a herd or population. • Increased owner awareness due to BVD concerns • Alpaca industry now requires negative BVD test for entry into AOBA sanctioned shows

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Biosecurity for Camelids

• Purpose: prevent introduction & spread of disease in a herd

or population.

• Increased owner awareness due to BVD concerns

• Alpaca industry now requires negative BVD test for entry

into AOBA sanctioned shows

• Commercial transporters require negative BVD test

• Owners encouraged to have suspect animals tested and to

cull any that are confirmed PI


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Biosecurity for Camelids

• Biosecurity is part of total farm management

• New arrivals or visitors for outside breeding must be

quarantined – 30 days recommended

• Bacterial/viral prepatent period is 14-21 days on

average

• Parasites/coccidia prepatent period is 3-6 weeks

Deworm females 10-14 days prior to breeding

Follow-up fecal 14 days after breeding

• Never commingle visiting animals with farm’s own

pregnant females


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Biosecurity for Camelids

Quarantine area should have:

• Shelter • Fenced pasture

• Water source • Separate tack

• Feeders and waterers that can be disinfected

S. Bramblett


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Biosecurity for Camelids

• Quarantine area should be

located away from the main herd;

no shared fence lines

• Keep pair of boots or shoes for

use at the quarantine area only

• Prompt removal of dung to

control flies/mosquitoes and

any runoff

• Quarantine facility chores

should be done last

B. Fredericksen


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Biosecurity for Camelids

Farm visitors:

• Keep a log of visitors – what other farms have they

visited?

• Provide shoes/boots for them to wear in animal areas

• Require hand washing before & after seeing the

animals

• Do not allow general public access to the herd

• Make appointments for future visits for serious buyers

• Keep gates locked


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Biosecurity for Camelids

At shows/sales:

• Do not use communal dung piles

• Stall area should be under observation at all times

• Do not walk camelids in areas used by other species

• Do not encourage spectators to feed animals

• Quarantine for 14-21 days upon returning home

D. Goodyear


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Questions or Comments?

J. Wells

2007


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