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The Complete Alpaca Book: Revised Second Edition                

by Eric Hoffman and Contributing Authors

The Complete Alpaca Book: Revised Second Edition

Order your copy today!

Primary author and editor Eric Hoffman has gathered 14 coauthors from five continents to create the most comprehensive resource on camelids ever written.

The Complete Alpaca Book: over 6oo pages, 1,350 references, 250+ tables and figures, 500+ photographs and 3 color sections.

Coverage includes:

  • Natural History and Ecology (with expanded coverage and fact checking from camelid researcher Jane Wheeler PhD)

  • Behavior and Communication

  • Anatomy and Conformation

  • Husbandry - Farm layout, Fencing, Shelters (with expanded coverage on how to choose an agistor by Michelle Ing DVM)

  • Restraint, Taming and Training

  • Transportation

  • Nutrition - Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl ACT /ACVN (revised)

  • Fiber Characteristics and Processing (revised with new contributions from Robert Stobart PhD, Angus McColl and Christopher Lupton PhD from their first-of-its kind comprehensive study for the parameters of huacaya fiber characteristics. F.J Wortmann from Aachen, Germany and Lee Millon from U.C. Davis have contributed electron microscope and other types of imagery showing the comparative scale structure of suri and huacaya alpacas, vicuna, guanaco, llama, cashmere, Superfine merino, Angora rabbit, Mohair and numerous other specialty fibers. The revision also includes the ?new histograms? that now include mean curvature, percentage of medullation, and spin fineness. Lastly, Juan Pepper, who is in charge of international sales for Michell & CIA (world?s larges alpaca processor), explains the intricacies and powerful forces that determine value in alpaca fiber garments throughout the world.)

  • Fleece Preparation and Shearing

  • Reproduction and Neonatology - Ahmed Tibary, DMV, PhD, Dipl ACT

  • Medicine and Herd Health - Ty McConnell, DVM

  • Parasitology - Stuart White, PhD, Karen Baum, DVM

  • Diseases: Infectious and Noninfectious - Linda V. Carpenter DVM, Robert P. Ellis, PhD, Juliet Gionfriddo, DVM, MS, Denis Ryan, MVB, MRCVS (expanded coverage now includes Nancy Carr, MD writing on Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) and Chris Cebra VMD,MA,MS,DACVIM of Oregon State University. Dr. Cebra is renowned for his work in combating Hepatic Lipidosis and many maladies related to digestion and the processing of food.)

  • Husbandry & Care on the Altiplano - Rufino Quilla, DVZ

  • Geriatrics

  • Poisons

  • Basic Genetics & Breeding - D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD

  • Coat Color Genetics - D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD

  • Breeding to Improve Fleece Quality - George Davis, MagrSc, DSc


"This book should be on every alpaca owner's bookshelf. It covers everything…from birthing a good-quality alpaca to processing its fleece into a luxury garment."

Derek Michell CEO, Michell & CIA
Arequipa Peru


"As a new breeder, I wanted answers before investing our time and money in creating a ranch. I wanted to know how to best care for these animals. The COMPLETE ALPACA BOOK answered all our questions and much more. I believe you should own this book before you own an alpaca."

Shannon McAuliffe
Sand Point, Idaho


"The Complete Alpaca Book will inevitably become the reference manual for all owners, breeders and lovers of alpacas. Everything is here. If you only buy one alpaca book, buy this."

Martin Evans
New Zealand Alpaca Association, Past President


"Information in The Complete Alpaca Book has created a dialogue between textile producers and fleece growers on how to achieve substantial improvement in fiber quality".

Luis Chavez, General Manager Inca Tops
Arequipa, Peru


We got our first alpacas early in 1994.  At that time there was some literature on alpaca husbandry but most information was anecdotal.  Over the years a small cadre of people have invested themselves in the science and research of caring for these wonderful creatures - and The Complete Alpaca Book brings this knowledge to everyone. Bravo!!

Sandy Laws, Associate Director, HighWire Press, Stanford University

Craig Miller, M.D., Doelger Professor in Cardiovascular Surgery, Stanford University



Regular Retail price: $149.95
+ shipping cost
+ 8% sales tax if within California


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