Llamas are a member of the camelid family and are native to South America. Their uses include showing, packing, driving, wool, pets, 4-H projects, and breeding. One of the most common uses of a llama is as a guardian animal for sheep, goats, cattle, and horses. Llamas have a gestation period of 11-12 months, rarely have twins, and are fertile year round. An adult llama can carry 60-80 pounds 8-10 miles per day. Although they do spit at each other, they seldom spit at people. Well, there you have it, all you need to know about llamas!
We have had llamas here at Hopkins' Alternative Livestock for over 10 years. We breed for primarily appaloosa (spotted) llamas. The baby llamas are called crias. Crias weigh between 20 to 35 pounds at birth. Our latest cria born at Hopkins' Alternative Livestock is Bert, born on September 29, 2004. Craig is holding him in the picture on the left.
Llamas are primarily grazers on blue grass pasture. In the winter months, we feed alfalfa hay, supplemented with shelled corn. We also have mineral and protein blocks available.
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