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                                                      Alpaca Manure

 "Alpaca Gold", "Alpaca Beans", Green Beans". 

You will hear it called many things, but what we are talking about is  alpaca manure. A quick search on the internet and you can easily be confused. 

Is Alpaca manure a good fertilizer or not?    Is it high or low in N-P-K, (Nitrogen - Phosphorus - Potassium)? 

It seams everybody has a different opinion.   (*) see below for the controversy


Here's the Poop !

I did a fairly exhaustive search for scholarly, or at least reputable, sources for the N-P-K  values of  manures.  I only found one;  The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, who produced a document comparing the N-P-K of a variety of livestock manures. Since this appears to be the most reliable source, the information provided here is from the Ontario government report.   

The chart below uses the metric scale for TOTAL N-P-K.  If you are more familiar with the Imperial scale for N-P-K, these numbers may look a bit strange.    It doesn't matter which scale you use, as long as you use the same scale in your comparison. The important thing when assessing Alpaca manure is how does it compare to other manures commonly used as fertilizer.

 

              Barnyard Animal Manure:   Levels of Nitrogen (N) - Phosphorous (P) - Potassium (K)

 

Animal

N

P

K

ALPACA

0.66

0.40

0.23

Sheep

0.87

0.34

0.76

Horse

0.50

0.15

0.43

Pig

0.93

0.49

0.57

Dairy Cow

0.72

0.20

0.61

Beef Cow

0.92

0.33

0.66

Poultry

2.71

1.32

1.45

Rabbit

1.22

0.87

0.57

 

Alpacas have an extremely efficient, 3 stomach system of digestion, making the "end product" lower in organic matter than other manures, however, it still has plenty to amend soil by improving soil texture and water holding capacity. It is so efficient that there is no worry of seeds and grains surviving the process of digestion.  That means you don't get random hay or other grasses in your garden like you can with some other, less efficiently digested manures.

Because alpaca manure is relatively low in nutrient content (N-P-K), as compared with other manures, it can be used, even in large quantities, without the fear of OVER fertilizing or "Burning" your plants.

Unlike almost every other form of manure that needs to be "aged" before use, because of its non-burning quality, alpaca manure does NOT need to be composted prior to spreading on the garden. That being said, many people believe that if you are using ANY manure for your vegetable garden, it should be composted first. This will help remove possibly harmful bacteria.

Landscapers love alpaca manure because it can be mixed in to add bulk and soil conditioning, thereby increasing the soils ability to retain moisture, as well as being spread on top of the garden where it acts like mulch to protect from weeds.  Then, as the "mulch" breaks down you get a good slow release of low level, non-burning N-P-K.   Alpaca manure comes in pellet form, much like rabbit or dear, making it easy to spread thin for broadcast fertilizing, or pile high as a nutritious mulch.

Alpaca manure is particularly odour free, compared to other livestock manures, and can even be used for indoor plants without the house smelling like a barnyard.  Just put a few pellets of manure into the top of your plant and every time you water it will get a light dose of organic N-P-K. 

So, in short, alpaca manure is an excellent fertilizer for both outdoor and indoor plants.  Along with providing your plants with a good organic source of low level N-P-K, alpaca manure is an excellent soil conditioner and mulch, allowing your soil to retail more moisture. It is relatively odour free and easy to spread and work with.  It can be used "as-is" or made into a "tea" before giving to plants.  If you are interested in purchasing Alpaca Manure:

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 (*)  Cutting through the Crap to get to the Manure.

Depending on who's website you read, the N-P-K number you find will vary... sometimes greatly!  Some say that alpaca manure will give you big plants but no flowers, others say it will give you the biggest and most prolific flowers ever.  Some say it is high in nutrient content, some say it is low in nutrient content. Some would never use it, some would never use anything else.

Unfortunately, not many sites list the source of their information, so who should you believe?

On top of this, N-P-K can be confusing on its own. The N-P-K numbers will change depending on which scale you use, (Imperial or Metric), and on whether the scale is listing "available nutrients" or "total nutrients".

I did a fairly exhaustive search for scholarly, or at least reputable, sources for the N-P-K  values of  manures.  I only came up with one; The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, who produced a document comparing the N-P-K of a variety of livestock manures

In doing my research, it appears that many websites have cherry-picked data from different sources and different scales, thus giving a skewed view of the nutrient content of alpaca manure.

The information I have provided is from the Ontario government.  This in no way means that I trust the Ontario government over and above all others, but since they are the only site that actually states HOW they came with their information, I will be siding with them.  If anyone has another source, that can be vetted, I would love to hear about it.