Alpacas prefer to eat fresh grass. In the summer, if you have pasture you will just need to supplement them with pellets from a feed store. During the winter you will need to feed them good grass hay and increasing slightly their supplement of pellets to ensure that they receive adequate vitamins and minerals. For thousands of years, alpacas have lived where grass grows sparsely. They require low amounts of protein in their feed to produce a high quality and healthy fleece. Alpacas will not normally overeat. Unlike hoofed animals, their softly padded feet are extremely easy on pasture. They have two toes and a split upper lip, which allows them to cut grass as they graze. They browse pastures, and utilize community dung piles, making pasture and manure management easy.
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