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Health & Welfare Bulletin No.49 - Various - Winter reminders

Dear BLS Member

1. Although I am no longer your Health & Welfare Officer, I don’t wish to sever all ties so
I thought I would remind those of you who need reminding, of things to take note of at
this time of year.

2. Due to the mild wet weather we have all been experiencing, please keep an eye out
for liver fluke. Keep a good eye on your animals and look out for abnormal behavior
such as progressive loss of body condition, anemia, pale membranes and, in severe
cases, swelling below the jaw. Liver Fluke is easily treated so keep your eyes open
for signs. If you are worried, please talk to your vet. A simple fecal worm count for
Liver Fluke can be done by your vet if you are at all concerned.

3. Please ensure you register all your cria. A cria should be micro chipped at six months
old but that does not prevent you from registering the cria earlier. The Registrar can
provide you with a microchip for cost price, £4.15 each, when you send in your
registration form. You can then have the number on your registration certificate and
microchip your cria at a later date. It is very helpful to know how many animals there
are in the UK for health reasons. If a disease strikes, BLS can contact all its members
with advice and help. Please do not put off registering your animals.

4. The festive season is looming and I am sure some of you take your camelids to
Christmas gatherings. Please be bio-security conscious and remember to have the
correct insurance. I have always found a small container of hand disinfectant fixed to
my belt very useful when taking my llamas out to visit schools, homes or anywhere
else where I may meet the public.

5. In the rain and wind, please check your animals regularly, preferably two or three

times a day as camelids can suffer from hypothermia. The wind lifts up their coats
and the rain gets in. If your animal feels cold, try bringing it in under cover out of the
weather and you can offer it warm water to drink – NOT HOT!

6. Keep a keen eye on your animals’ feet. With the wet weather we have already had
this winter, with more forecasted to come, camelids can suffer with foot problems. If
you think there may be a problem, don’t wait to see if it clears up on its own. Get
professional advice from your vet as foot problems in camelids can take a long time to
get over if left for any length of time.

7. Don’t forget that if we end up having a long cold (freezing) spell, to check your
camelids are drinking. Some animals, especially the older ones, are not keen on
drinking freezing water. Just add a little warm water to their buckets. Always break
any ice in troughs so water is available at all times.

8. Autumn is a good time to give your camelids their annual vaccination. This will help
them get through what ever lies ahead as far as a bad winter is concerned.

9. Don’t forget, never use left over hard feed from last winter. The food can produce
toxins if kept for any length of time which can harm your animals.

10. Please think about ways you can raise money for the BLS Welfare Fund. All monies
raised is ring fenced especially for welfare of our beautiful animals.

11. Last but not least, may I take this opportunity to wish every one of you a VERY

Nutfield Park Farm, South Nutfield, REDHILL, Surrey RH1 5PA

19 November 2014