Not only are alpacas wonderful to be around, really cute with super soft fleece, even the poo is great!
Alpacas generally tend to poo in a few areas of their paddock called middens. It is good husbandry to collect this to remove from the paddock to help with parasite control. We always try to do this daily, but, ideally it should be done 3 – 4 times per week.
As it is mainly grass, it doesn’t smell horrible and apart from a few grass cuttings what is picked up is pretty much all poo. There are various ways to collect. We have a large poo hoover which we use more in the drier months and throughout Winter we tend to use a wheelbarrow and a horse mucking out rake and scoop.
We use some of the poo in our veg patches and also make a feed by cutting the feet off old tights, stuffing with poo and hanging in a watering can. We use this for a couple of weeks to water the plants and then make a fresh one.
The poo does not have to be rested and can literally go straight from paddock to planting. It has naturally slow release nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It can be used indoors and outdoors and we have found it is particularly great in pots and containers as really helps to keep the moisture in.
We have more than we can use so, to avoid waste we take ours to our local allotments where it is very gratefully received. This means we do not have to store it and the locals also get to learn a bit about alpacas whilst growing some super veg.
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