Marion, Wisconsin, United States
My husband and I have owned llamas since 1995. We also have a barn cat, a rough coated collie and an English Springer Spaniel. Both my husband and I are retired school teachers, having taught for years in Milwaukee, WI. After retirement we chose to live with llamas and built a farm in central Wisconsin right over the hill from the farmhouse in which I was born. We moved our herd to our 80 acre farm in March of 1999.
Llamas are some of the most wonderful animals you can be around. They are gentle, intelligent and don't forget what they've learned.(This is an especially endearing trait to a retired teacher:-) It's important that they be raised with care and consideration and very important that babies (called crias) stay with their moms for a minimum of 5-6 months. Babies raised in a herd are much more apt to socialize well and be well adjusted. Llamas are naturally healthy and hardy but do require regular vaccinations to protect them from meningeal worm (carried by whitetail deer) and worming to protect from parasites. They should be sheared yearly, preferably in spring and need to have their toenails trimmed as they grow continually like our toenails and fingernails. They need to be able to get out of the sun in hot weather and be sheltered from the wind and rain when the temperature drops. They eat pasture grass in summer, grass hay in winter, need access to mineral salts and clean water and enjoy a supplemental pan of a grain mixture. They are economical to feed, their fleeces can be sold to spinners (clean the fiber well before shearing), they are crowd favorites at parades and llama shows and very calming animals to be around. Buying from a reputable breeder will get you off on a good start to living life with llamas.
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