Alternative_Livestock - Alternative Livestock Exotic or...

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1 Alternative Livestock William R. DuBois, DVM, DABVP College of Veterinary Medicine University of Tennessee Alternative Livestock Exotic or foreign-origin animal Initially breeding animals are extremely expensive ($10,000 – 50,000) – Often approached as a “get-rich-quick” scheme No sustainable market exists Prices for animals plummet Animals picked up as strays Examples of Alternative Livestock
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3 Camelids Old World Camelids – Dromedary Camel – Bactrian Camel South American Camelids (SAC’s) –L lama – Alpaca – Vicuna – Guanaco Biology of SAC’s Prehensile upper lip Plantigrade pastern
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4 Biology of SAC’s 3-chambered forestomachs – Similar in function to ruminant forestomachs Oval-shaped red blood cells – Shape of cells and biologically unique hemoglobin allow efficient oxygen carrying in high altitude / low oxygen environment SAC’s in South America Species have been domesticated for 6,000 years Many uses – Pack animals –F
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