In February 2011 we bought a new Volkswagen van and in November 2011, a purpose built float due to growing demand for alpaca transportation.
The van is already clocking up over 10,000km per month and this is only set to increase with orders for alpaca transport coming in Australia wide.
We are doing regular trips throughout Victoria, South Australia, NSW, ACT and Queensland. Transport to and from WA and Tasmania can be catered for on demand.
The fit out of the vehicle and float has been designed and carried out with "Animal Health Australia - Guidelines for the Land transport of Livestock" in mind and every trip is planned using these same guidelines. The van and float are fully enclosed with a variety of ventilation options.
Partitions allow for the separation of males and females, mothers with cria and assessed and non-assessed animals. The van is fully insulated and clad in sheet metal to allow for steam cleaning between each trip. Floors are clad in 25mm rubber gym matting. A thick layer of wood shavings or straw ensures good insulation and hygiene.
All animals have continual access to feed and are watered at every stop. We are presently looking into a non spill watering system which will allow for a constant supply of water while in transit.
The van/float combination allows for between 18 and 35 animals to be transported depending on the length of the trip, the size of the animals and how much fleece they have.
Transport is charged on a kilometre basis and the cost is split between the number of animals transported. If people are prepared to wait a week or two until a full load is achieved, the cost of transport can be 10% of immediate delivery.