Hi Desley and Hayley,
Hmmm alpacas... I said the other day when our alpacas go to heaven no more wooly animals for me, it's so hard in our climate. But south is different, how are you going with them in QLD Desley?
They are beautiful gently souls but sooo soft. The hot weather last week after all the rain wasn't great and so many horse flies. Poor Curly ended up with terrible eyes which I sprayed with Pink Eye Spray, it helped but the heat was just terrible. We were spraying their feet and changing water several time a day to cool them down and Sunday night I said to DH if the weather breaks as it's supposed to and we get rain he may live, if not he could be dead by morning.
Thank goodness it really stormed (48mm) and we've had some overcast drizzley days and he's going okay.
I love them but between shearing (the shearer always a problem because it rains in the season they need shearing), their teeth growing and needing grinding (Curly needs that next time the vets out), trimming their toe nails and of course they need good worming (no pour on, injectable or oral [which is tricky on a spitter]) Someone recently said about sheep (who owns some) in this region, just when you realise they may be sick, they're dead.
Ah now read the bit about "I love them and they're gently souls and beautiful animals", just keep the other stuff in mind if no-ones told you.
A final thought, what we find is when there's different types of livestock with totally different needs it's more time consuming... for us.