Hembra & Cria™

For pre-birth hembra to weaning cria. Contains 40 active nutraceuticals, including the Oatinol® Delivery System

A high specification complementary feed for both lactating hembra and newborn cria, designed to maintain the health of the mother and promote the development of the newborn to 6 months of age.

Hembra & Cria™

Contains 20 active nutraceuticals, including the Oatinol® Delivery System

A high specification complementary feed for mother and newborn alpacas and llamas; designed to maximise the growth and development of the newborn from birth to post weaning.

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  • Standard 2-3 working day UK mainland delivery from £7.15 + VAT.
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What are the Benefits of Feeding Hembra & Cria? 

  • Contains high quality whey protein concentrate to minimise the impact of dietary change.
  • Designed to be fed as a single feed to both lactating hembra and cria from around 2 weeks of age.
  • Promotes good hembra milk yield and excellent development of the cria.
  • Contains nucleotides for supporting good vital organ development and immunity.
  • Provides digestible milk and globular proteins for growth and metabolic requirements like hormones, enzymes and plasma.
  • Contains yeast cultures to aid fibre digestion through the development of foregut microbial fermentation.
  • Contains high levels of essential vitamins, especially Vitamin D3 and digestible sources of calcium, phosphorus and trace elements.
  • Contains natural antioxidants for overall short and long term health.
  • Provides a unique combination of 40 active nutraceuticals.
  • Contains the Oatinol® Delivery System to maintain a high rate of nutrient absorption.
  • Wheat gluten free.
  • A 100% non-GM, soya free formulation.
  • Manufactured to Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) standards as palatable, easy-to-feed 2mm pellets.

When Should I Feed Hembra & Cria to My Alpaca or Llama?

Hembra & Cria should be fed as a single feed to both lactating hembra and cria from around 2 weeks of age.

The main part of your alpaca’s diet should be grass along with hay or haylage – usually 1.5% of the animal’s weight per day. Most alpacas will also need a nutritional supplement like Camelibra to maintain a healthy digestion, avoid impaction and ensure the correct balance of nutrients, particularly vitamin D throughout the winter months.

Pregnant and lactating females will need extra nutritional support from a complementary feed like Hembra & Cria to ensure the growth and development of their young.

Explained - Nutraceuticals & the Oatinol® Delivery System

Explained - The 36 Active Nutraceuticals in Hembra & Cria

Nutraceuticals are products derived from food sources with extra health benefits in addition to their basic nutritional value.


Helps preserve the availability of essential amino acids methionine and choline for use within the body. Helps reduce heat stress.

Beta Carotene (Vitamin A Precursor)

A safe and effective way to provide the building blocks for vitamin A, which is vital for vision, appetite and growth.


Essential for the integrity of cloven hooves and fleece, and maintenance of normal blood glucose levels.


Essential as a major constituent of bones and required for muscle contractions (all movement), cell membrane function and enzyme regulation.


Improves mitochondrial efficiency and reduces free radicals. Supports heart muscle function, encourages lean body mass and supports joint health.


Essential for all cell membranes and neural function, necessary to support cognitive health.

Copper (inc. Protected)

Essential for improving blood flow and for the production of collagen, which provides the framework for muscles, organs and connective tissues.

Digestible Milk Proteins (Whey Protein Concentrate)

Sources of readily digestible milk proteins that provide key amino acids for supporting the growth of all tissues with high protein contents, namely: muscles, ligaments, tendons, fleece and hooves.

Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)

Important for growth and development and helps to produce healthy blood cells.


An important amino acid providing immune system support, intestinal health regulation and support with muscle recovery.


Essential for the production of thyroid hormones. A deficiency of these can cause lethargy, poor performance, poor fleece quality and infertility.


Essential for the transport and storage of oxygen around the body. It is also needed for growth, healing and immunity.


Essential for the nervous system and for normal growth and development. Important for regulating muscle contractions and movement.

Manganese (inc. Protected)

Essential for the production of chondroitin sulphate to aid healthy movement and the utilisation of fats and carbohydrates for energy.

Natural Calcium & Magnesium Carbonate

Natural buffering material helps to stabilise the pH in the foregut and encourage the development of beneficial fibre digesting bacteria. This is important when feeding cereal based feeds as starch is converted into lactic acid, which can increase acidity and create an unfavourable environment for the fibre digesting bacteria.

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

Important for carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, cell respiration and DNA repair.

Oligosaccharides (Fructo & Mannan) (Prebiotics)

Oligosaccharides are used to support the immune system by maintaining naturally high levels of macrophage activity to block harmful organisms, such as some unnatural moulds and fungi prevalent in hay, being absorbed into the bloodstream.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Anti-inflammatory Omega 3 fatty acids provide a daily source of essential fat components, providing the correct dietary balance with pro-inflammatory Omega 6. Omega 3's are also found in large concentrations in spermatozoa and are essential for maintaining cell wall integrity and preventing moisture/oil loss from the skin. Healthy skin means high quality fibre production.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)

Essential in order for the body to synthesise coenzyme A, which is essential for fatty acid metabolism.


Essential for growth, bone & teeth development, and supports urinary tract health.


Aids fat & carbohydrate metabolism, nerve and muscle control.

Salt: Sodium Chloride

An important electrolyte which regulates bodily fluids across cells and essential for movement of nerve impulses across the body.

Selenium (inc. Protected)

An important antioxidant that works synergistically with vitamin E.

Sodium Bicarbonate

A natural buffering agent to help neutralise acid loads in the stomach.


Supports the production of collagen in the body and has antioxidant properties.

Toxin Binders

A blend of microscopic absorbent compounds that aid the natural expulsion of antagonists found in feed and the environment.

Vitamin A (Retinyl Acetate)

Essential for healthy eyesight, a strong bone structure, good fertility and an active immune system.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Supports neural pathways, appetite & muscle strength.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Supports appetite, growth and healthy skin.

Vitamin B6

Supports protein metabolism, growth and cognitive function.

Vitamin B12

Essential for the utilisation of amino acids; involved in the production of red blood cells and the integrity of the nervous system.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C directly affects the level of tissue growth and development and the maintenance of the body's immune system. Essential for the production of collagen in the body that forms the matrix of connective tissues.

Vitamin D3

Crucial for bone development. Also important for the immune system, fertility and the release of insulin.

Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol)

A biological antioxidant and essential for healthy reproductive, muscular, circulatory, nervous and immune systems. Has anti-ageing properties.

Vitamin K

Supports optimal liver function and important for the blood clotting process.

Yeast Cultures

Yeast cultures help to stabilise the pH in the foregut and encourage the development of beneficial fibre digesting bacteria. This is important when feeding cereal based feeds as starch is converted into lactic acid, which can increase acidity and create an unfavourable environment for the fibre digesting bacteria. Significantly improve the digestibility of phosphorous from normal feed.

Zinc (inc. Protected)

Essential for fibre quality and keratin production. Supports insulin production, wound healing and the immune system.

Explained - The 4 Active Nutraceuticals in the Oatinol Delivery System

Nutraceuticals are products derived from food sources with extra health benefits in addition to their basic nutritional value.

Oatinol is a natural high quality oil based concept developed by and unique to GWF Nutrition. When incorporated into the feed it supplies the following four active nutraceuticals to:

  • Maintain gut cell integrity.
  • Maintain the lining of the gut.
  • Support the immune system.
  • Aid the absorption of active ingredients, vitamins and trace elements.

Galactolipid Natural Emulsifiers

Galactolipids are a combination of sugar and fat molecules that create the perfect medium for the absorption of active ingredients across the gut wall.

Natural Tocotrienol Antioxidants

Tocotrienol antioxidants are a natural form of vitamin E. They are 40-60 times more readily available than other forms of vitamin E and help to maintain the integrity of the cells forming the lining of the gut to aid absorption.

Oat Derived Beta Glucans

Beta Glucans have prebiotic properties that support beneficial bacteria in the gut to promote healthy absorption.


Phospholipids have emulsifying properties and have been shown to actively influence nutrient digestibility and absorption.

Daily Feeding Recommendation

Hembra & Cria is recommended to be fed before transitioning to Crialibra to maximise the growth, health and wellbeing of the camelid.


  • Introduce 12 weeks before expected birth date and feed right through lactation.


  • Crias from around 2 weeks of age will copy the eating behaviour of their mother and start to nibble Hembra & Cria. Increase with appetite up to 50gm per day.
Category Daily Feeding Level



100gm / Day

50gm / Day

Additional Product Information

Product Information & Analysis


Form & Pack Size(s)      


Manufactured as:

  • Very Digestible 2mm Pellets

Available in:

  • 20kg Bags

Analytical Constituents

  • 17% Crude Protein
  • 7.5% Crude Fat
  • 8.5% Crude Fibre
  • 12% Crude Ash
  • 15% Starch
  • 9.5% Sugar
  • 2.1% Calcium
  • 1% Phosphorus
  • 0.4% Sodium
  • 0.5% Magnesium
  • 1% Omega 3 Fatty Acids


  • Black Oats
  • Micronized (Sugar) Beet Pulp
  • Whey Protein Concentrate
  • Linseed Expeller
  • Hemp Seed Meal
  • Cane (Sugar) Molasses
  • Maize Gluten (Prairie) Meal (non-GM)
  • Dicalcium Phosphate
  • Vegetable Oils & Fats (inc. Oatinol)
  • 1.6% Oligosaccharides (Mannan & Fructo)
  • Natural Calcium & Magnesium Carbonate
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Monocalcium Phosphate
  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Calcium Sulphate Anhydrous (Pellet Binder)
  • MSM (Methylsulfonymethane)
  • 0.03% Yeast Derived Nucleotides

Nutritional Additives


Trace Elements (/kg):

  • 687mg Zinc (3b615 Zinc Chelate of Lysine and Glutamic Acid & 3b603 Zinc Oxide)
  • 232mg Manganese (3b504 Manganese Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate & 3b502 Manganous (II) Oxide)
  • 157mg Copper (3b405 Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate & 3b415 Copper Chelate of Lysine and Glutamic Acid)
  • 66mg Iron (3b103 Iron (II) Sulphate Monohydrate)
  • 11.9mg Iodine (3b202 Iodine (I) Calcium Iodate Anhydrous)
  • 2.3mg Selenium (3b818 Zinc-L-Selenomethionine & 3b801 Sodium Selenite)

Vitamins (/kg):

  • 92400iu Vitamin A (3a672a Retinyl Acetate)
  • 19800iu Vitamin D3 (3a671)
  • 945mg Vitamin E (3a700 Alpha Tocopherol)
  • 1500mg Betaine (3a925)
  • 105mg Vitamin C (3a300 Ascorbic Acid)
  • 105mg Niacin Acid (3a314)
  • 66mg Calcium D-Pantothenate (3a841)
  • 40mg Folic Acid (3a316)
  • 33mg Vitamin B1 (3a820)
  • 33mg Vitamin B6 (3a831)
  • 26mg Vitamin K3 (3a710)
  • 8mg Vitamin B2 (3a825i)
  • 7mg Biotin (3a880)
  • 1.3mg Vitamin A Precursor (3a160(a) Beta-Carotene)
  • 440mcg Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)

Sensory Additives


Flavour Enhancers (/kg):

  • 5000mg L-Glutamic Acid (2b620)
  • 16.8mg Premixture of Flavouring Compounds

Technological Additives


Binders & Anti-Caking Agents (/kg)​:

  • 2.2gm Sepiolite (E562)

Zootechnical Additives


Digestibility Enhancers (/kg):

  • 1e10 CFU 4b1702 Saccharomyces Cerevisiae CNCM I-4407 (Actisaf Sc47)

Quality Assurance / Storage Advice & Additional Information 

  • This product is manufactured to Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) standard.
  • This product should be stored in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight.
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Associated Knowledge Base Articles

For more detailed information relating to the benefits of this product, please refer to the following Knowledge Base articles:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

How Long Should I Feed Hembra & Cria?

We recommend feeding Hembra & Cria until the Cria is about 25 weeks old (6 months). This product is designed to support the Hembra’s milk supply which can be erratic. Part of the formulation contains Whey Protein Concentrate, which is the best source of protein for a young Cria. Feeding for less time can lead to insufficient protein intake, growth checks or fibre growth issues later on.

From around 6 months of age we recommend transitioning to Crialibra. This should be fed until a couple of weeks into good grass growth and spring turnout (typically early April) or about 12 months of age.

Is Hembra & Cria Suitable for Pregnant Hembras?

Yes, although through the early stages of pregnancy Camelibra would still be the sensible all round mineralised feed. In the last 3 months of pregnancy before birth we advocate using Hembra & Cria instead which particularly nourishes the mother and the rapidly growing unborn Cria.

The bypassable protein and amino acid upply found in Hembra & Cria will improve future colostrum and Cria birth weights.

Is Hembra & Cria Suitable for Crias?

Yes, unlike many other feeds on the market it contains Whey Protein Concentrate which is important for the growth and development of the Cria.

What Sizes Is Hembra & Cria Available in?  

Hembra & Cria comes in a 20kg bag.

Can I Try a Sample Before I Buy?

Yes of course, if you would like a sample of one of our products please just get in touch.

Where Can I Buy Hembra & Cria?

Depending on your herd size it may be more cost effective to source from one of our retail stockists. Alternatively, you can order from us directly if required. Our feeds and supplements are available at most good pet shops and country stores around the UK. To find a local stockist in your area search using our Stockist Locator. Our products are also available from a variety of online retailers.

Does Hembra & Cria Contain GM Ingredients?

No, Hembra & Cria is made with 100% non-GM ingredients.

Can You Export Hembra & Cria?

We can currently export Hembra & Cria into the EU and other countries. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements with us.

Is Hembra & Cria Economical to Feed?

Hembra & Cria, like all our feeds, requires a low feed rate and is a cost effective way to ensure your animal is getting all the nutritional support it needs.

Hembra & Cria also contains some very high value ingredients - Whey Protein Concentrate and Prairie Meal required for high levels of the amino acid Methionine as well as bypassable protein content.

The start of any infant's life begins in the womb, so feeding before birth and within the first 6 months is critical. The 3 weeks before birth are particularly important to boost Hembra milk supplies, colostrum and a significant element of Cria growth occurs here.

Need More Information?

For all general enquiries, technical and feeding support, please telephone: +44 (0)1225 708482 or email: info@gwfnutrition.com

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