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Rye grass staggers

We have had some rain and warm weather which is a recipe for rye grass staggers. Rye grass can affect the nervous system of grazing animals, primarily cattle and alpacas. It does not affect all alpacas but the ones that it does affect will cause them to shake and act a bit silly. If the affected alpacas continually have the staggers and are not separated from rye grass they can be affected permanently.

The easiest way to determine if rye grass staggers is present is to make your alpacas stand still. If their head is shaking, they may have the staggers. If the staggers are present, remove the affected alpacas from the pasture immediately and feed them grass hay or other feed in a paddock or yard that has no pasture. This will usually stop the staggers within a few days but don't be tempted to put them back into the pasture, wait a few weeks until the danger period has passed.

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Alpaca Maintenance - More information on alpacas

Putting weight on thin alpacas
Fencing for alpacas
How to determine signs of a sick alpaca
Basic first aid kit for alpacas
Alpaca body temperatures
Can cold and wet weather affect alpacas?
Making sense of the alpaca fibre analysis
Rye grass staggers
Taking the perfect alpaca photograph
Facial abscess
Berserk male syndrome
Vitamin D
Constipated crias
Preparation for Winter
Keeping alpaca records
Alpacas need head-space
Testing for parasites
Birthing help
Cutting Toenails
A Working Dog's Guide to Alpacas
Paddock Maintenance
Alpacas for Pets
Alpacas as Sheep Guardians