Llama/Alpaca Reproductive Care
Female Pregnancy Evaluation
Breed every other day for 5 days or until non-receptive.
If receptive longer than 5 days, or not receptive at all - consult with veterinarian.
Recheck for receptivity at 8 to 14 days post breeding. If
non-receptive, recheck for receptivity again at 3 weeks post breeding.
Ultrasound for pregnancy at 21 to 30 days. Reevaluate pregnancy
status of all females at approximately 60 to 90 days of gestation. 90%
of fetal wastage (abortion) occurs prior to 90 days.
Check pregnant females for receptivity periodically. It is
recommended that females get pregnancy checked by a veterinarian at 90
days, 150 days, and again after 250 days to make sure fetal wastage has
Young females should reach approximately 2/3's of their projected
adult weight prior to breeding. (approximatly 200# for llamas and 90#
Female Postpartum Exam
Veterinary examination of females 10 to 14 days postpartum for
uterine tone, vaginal discharge or tears, and follicular development.
(This is especially important for any animal that had a difficult or
assisted birth, a history of breeding problems, or whose baby failed to
nurse the dam.)