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Do You Know Who Your Animals are Being Transported

Date : 09/18/07

Here is something to ponder about. We were expecting our Studmaster Providence and one of our females bred to Providence to be arriving by John Malkus, West Coast Alpaca Transport, yesterday. We were also picking up two girls from a customer to be bred to Providence along with a 1 week old cria. Our friends the Rosenfelds from Renaissance Ridge Alpacas also had a pregnant female on the transport. We got a phone call from John Malkus when he was at his stop before ours to pick up a male and two females telling us that while he was at the ranch, he read the health certificates for these animals. All three were positive for Mycoplasma or commonly known as EPI. John immediately asked the ranch owner if they were aware that these animals were tested positive for EPI and did the receiving ranch know about this. The answer was yes, and they are fine with it. John knew enough to call his vet and our vet Michele Ing and inquire about EPI. Both vets said do not expose those animals to the animals on the transport. EPI is highly contagious and no one is quite certain how it is transmitted yet. Needless to say John left the animals at the ranch and was quite upset with the receiving ranch, which is a large ranch, of putting all of our animals, not to mention, his transport business in jeopardy. All of us are extremely thankful that John actually took the time to read the health certificate and act on it wisely. EPI is very hard to detect. Not every lab runs a test that detects it. It is also very difficult to get rid of. Some animals are carriers and some animals never show signs of having it. But, once your animal has it and does show signs it can be a very costly and long time healing process.  Do you know what your animals are being transported with? Make sure your driver is a very diligent person and checks these health certificates. We were extremely lucky this time. And don't think we are not dismayed and concerned with the ranch that didn't care enough about other animals on the transport to expose them to their animals.




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