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The Farm

We are situated on a 200 acre (80 hectare) farm in Geeveston, about 50 minutes South of Hobart, Tasmania.  Our location makes us the most Southern Commercial Alpaca stud in Australia.
 
The property is in the heart of Tasmania's apple and cherry area and maintains all year round feed and has a cool temperate climate.
 
This contrasts to Mossvale's first farm which was in Perth Western Australia.  There the climate was highly seasonal with wet months from April to October and virtually no rain from November to March.
 
Our new farm has a number of zones - connected by a well made farm road.
The farm consists of smaller paddocks as well as large open paddocks. These paddocks range from high hill country with light tree cover to flat pasture areas around the Kermandie River.  The soil is a deep clay/loam and planted with a mix of improved and native pastures.
 
We maintain a biosecurity area, where visiting alpacas are permitted to be housed. This ensures the compliance with the highest industry biosecurity standards.
 
Our herd maintained MN 3 status under the Johnes Disease management plan and all new animals have been tested in accordance to the MAP testing program.
Since moving to Geeveston we have decided to maintain our QAlpaca monitoring, but as there is significant duplication between the two systems we no longer remain in the MAP program (ceased 2012).
 
Many areas of Tasmania have fantastic pasture production, including the Huon region where Mossvale is situated. This allows all year grazing, but also produces enough hay for the colder winter months when pastures are least active.
 
We supplement feed with a combination of commercially produced alpaca mix (including key trace elements), oaten and lucerne chaff. From time to time we also add garlic (for worm control), kelp (for increased iodine levels) and cider vinegar (for increased potassium).
 
Our cria are born near our homestead and we ensure that we walk around the animals daily, for feeding or simply to enjoy their company. This gives a good chance to inspect them and allows them to be familiar with us. This desensitises them to human contact and makes them easier to manage.
 
We minimise the use of chemical intervention but do not avoid using veterinary products. When needed we use injectable long acting Selenium, ADE vitamin (in some years up to 4 times) and 5:1 vaccine that covers a range of health problems. We also top dress our pastures with trace elements as we believe this is the fundamental way to improve animal health.  We use a worm drench when animals show sign of worm infestation (which is monitored with faecal worm tests).

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Written on 11 October 2015
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