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Typical Composition per Liter of Prepared Milk Replacer
Protein   60g Choline 110mg Folic Acid  1mg Magnesium 130mg
Fat  27g Inositol  80mg Biotin  80µg  Iron  10mg
Carbohydrate  62g Vitamin C  75mg Vitamin B12  20µg Zinc   3mg
ME 3.2MJ Thiamine   4mg Calcium  1.9g Manganese   2mg
Vitamin A   2mg Riboflavin   2mg Phosphorus  1.4g Copper    1mg
Vitamin D3 15µg Pyridoxine   3mg Potassium   1.0g Iodine 100µg
Vitamin E  15mg Nicotinamide  45mg Sodium 600mg Selenium  20µg
Vitamin K  1mg Pantothenic Acid  12mg
Growth & Feed Chart
Age Weight Feed   Age Weight Feed   Age Weight Feed
days kg ml/day   days kg ml/day   days kg ml/day
Birth 7 770   30 13 1220   60 20 1690
5 8 850   35 14 1300   65 21 1750
10 9 930   40 15 1360   70 22 1820
15 10 1000   45 16 1430   75 23 1880
20 11 1080   50 18 1560   80 25 2000
25 12 1150   55 19 1630   85 26 2060

About This Product:

  • Available in 1kg, 5kg, 10kg and 20kg packs.

Directions For Use:

  • To make 1 liter of milk, add 170g of powder to 400ml of preboiled warm water. Mix to a paste, then make up to 1 liter liquid using preboiled warm water and mixing thoroughly. An electric whisk can be used for mixing.

Hand-Rearing:

  • Success in hand-rearing cria greatly improves if they receive colostrum at birth. Feed about 120g of Impact Colostrum Supplement for cria that did NOT get colostrum from the dam.

  • A healthy cria should stand and begin nursing within 1 hour of birth.

  • New born cria should be kept in a clean, draught free environment.

  • Warm Wombaroo to about 35º C (95º F). Feed from a bottle with teat every 2 hours for the first 4 days, reducing this to every 4 hours by the end of the first week. Continue feeding every 4 hours for the second week.

  • During the third week, reduce feeding to 6 hour intervals. For ease of feeding, encourage cria to lap milk from a small bucket.

  • Avoid dehydration during periods of hot weather by giving cria a drink of pre-boiled water between feeds. Animals drink water when thirsty so always have clean drinking water available.

Growth:

  • Depending upon its sex, a cria should weigh from 6 and 9kg at birth and grow at a rate of 200 to 300g per day. Where possible, weigh cria regularly to verify weight gains and to determine the volume of milk to feed.

  • Overfeeding milk can cause diarrhea so feed the suggested volumes in our tables.

Weaning:

  • Mother-reared cria are usually weaned at 6 to 9 months of age. As it is usually impractical to hand-rear a cria for this amount of time, many owners will want to begin weaning as soon as possible. We would advise feeding milk replacement for at least 3 months, requiring about 75 liters of Wombaroo.

  • To entice cria to eat solids, offer small portions of pelleted food soaked in Wombaroo. Once they start to eat solid food, reduce the milk and increase solids until they are fully weaned.


References:
Jenness, R. and R.E. Sloan. 1970. "The Composition of Milks of Various Species". Dairy Science Abstracts 32 (10), pp. 599-612, Article 158.

Oftedal, I.T. and S.J.Iverson. 1995. "Comparative Analysis of Non-Human Milks". Handbook of Milk Composition. Ed. R.G.Jensen, Academic Press, New York.

Hoffman,E. & M.E. Fowler, Eds. 1995. "The Alpaca Book". Clay Press Inc. Johnson, L. 1994.

"Update on Llama Medicine". Veterinary Clinics of North America. W.B. Saunders.

Morin, D.E., W.L.Hurley & W.E.Braeslton.1995. "Composition of Milk from Llama in the United States". Journal of Dairy Science 78, pp. 1713-20.

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