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The Alpaca Shepherd



 
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Mike Safley has hit a homerun with this new publication.

An absolute must for seasoned and first-time alpaca owners. Every alpaca owner or person thinking of becoming a shepherd of alpacas must read this book !

The Alpaca Shepherd walks both new and experienced breeders through the process of building barns and fences, caring for cria, breeding and reproduction, delivering babies and creating a breeding program. The text is assessable and easy to understand, free of jargon and technical terms.

The book is based on Mike's 20 years of hands on experience with alpacas and was edited by prominent Alpaca Veterinarian Dr. Paul Jones.

The resource section is a comprehensive guide about where to buy everything from fences to fine alpaca sweaters. Being a shepherd to alpacas requires that we slow down and take into account the details of their lives. We need to know if the grass is growing fast enough. Are the individual leaves the right strength of green? Is the cria warm? Does her mother welcome her nursing? Is the water fresh and the fence mended? Does the herd hum or silently chew their cuds? A shepherd's existence is different from most other pursuits. In many people's lives the world revolves around them. In a shepherd's world the center of attention is the animals and the fields. Nature sets the pace.

In Peru, women often care for the alpaca. It is little wonder; a woman's eye knows her child is sick before the doctor does and she knows who is hungry and who hurts. There is a 6th Sense to managing a flock. It is not by mistake that we have midwives instead of midmen.

Learn to slow down...learn to listen...be a good shepherd to those you have chosen. Hardbound. By Mike Safley.

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