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Parameters for Newborn Llamas and Alpacas

Parameters for Newborn Llamas and Alpacas

Parameter

Guideline

Time to standing

15–45 minutes after birth

Time to nursing

30–60 minutes after birth

Weight at birth

7–11 kg (alpaca)

9–15 kg (llama)

Normal heart rate

60–90 beats/min

Normal respiratory rate

30 breaths/min

Normal body temperature

100°F (37.8°C)

Time to first meconium and urine

<18 hours after birth

Daily weight gain 24 hours after birth

100–250 g/day (alpaca)

250–500 g/day (llama)

Amount of colostrum needed

10–15% of body wt within 12 hours of birth (ideal)