The Llamas……

One of the female llamas

One of the female llamas

Nikki has five llamas on her farm. A family unit of parents and children. All the males have been castrated. They haven’t spat at us either! When we said we were going to be looking after Llamas many people asked us that question. They only seem to spit very occasionally and at each other – as a kind of discipling system in their pack order. The horribleness of the spit depends on which part of the stomach they decide to use. They rarely have any spats but on one occasion two of the males had a little spitting and running spat. Jon was in the way – but they stopped abruptly very near him – so that was lucky!

One of the male llamas

One of the male llamas

Llamas are used nowadays quite often for trekking and I suppose that figures if they were bred as a pack animal. They all like to stay together. Apparently llamas are intelligent animals and they can learn simple tasks after a few repetitions. This is born out by them being able to open the lids off their own food bins and know exactly where to stand in order to get their hay. They love dust baths!

Grazing llamas

Grazing llamas in France, east of Bordeaux

We think they are very like camels and I’ve just read on Wikipedia that they are from the camel family. Theses llamas are very quiet and gentle and don’t make much noise apart from a kind of muted ‘mwah’ like sound on occasion, normally when we are a bit slow in getting their food ready. They’re eating mainly fresh hay.

Another llama

llama and goat grazing together

Nikki doesn’t shear her llamas, so they are kept quite cool in summer and warm in winter as their coats act as great insulation. Llamas are originally from South America and were bred for meat and as pack animals by Andean cultures. Llamas typically live for 15-25 years. The wool produced by the llamas is very soft and lanolin-free. DSC_0068


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