LLamas Anyone?

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We are getting a male llama today, we already have 2 females. We were just wondering if anyone has stories to tell about their experiences with llamas? We are considering using ours for guardians of the cattle herd at calving time.

-- Marilyn in CO (www.tomeatbeef@aol.com), March 30, 2002


only experiences I have had,,is with BBQ sauce,,slow cooked,, comes out real nice and tender

-- Stan (sopal@net-pert.com), March 30, 2002.

Oh Stan I think we need to send you some good Colorado beef. Llama would not taste good even if it were marinated, BBQ'd, saut'ed, fried, boiled, baked, or steamed with wine sauce. BEEF - It's what's for dinner. Shalom.

-- Marilyn in CO (www.tomeatbeef@aol.com), March 30, 2002.

I have a couple of pet llama's. If the male is intact then You will need to have a seperate field between him and the females. You might walso want to get a gelded male for him as a companion.

-- Gary (gws@columbus.rr.com), March 30, 2002.

If you haven't yet named the llama, how about TONY?

-- GibsonGirl in s.e.Illinois (bobtravous@email.com), March 30, 2002.

I think the name Tony is really clever (Tony Llama) Love it. They called him Prince but does a llama know its name? Anyway, I took the advice and have them in different pens. He is all excited to see the girls but they stared at him for a while across the yard and went to the far side of the corral out of his sight. He is so tame you can pet his head, which is not something the girls like. They all made girgling sounds when they first saw each other,girls are quite a bit bigger than he is. They might beat him up - it will be interesting.

-- Marilyn in CO (www.tomeatbeef@aol.com), March 30, 2002.

If you will just be using them for guardians.....I'd be happy to take the hair off your hands :o). I'm considering getting some alpacas for their fleece. From everything I've heard llamas make excellent guard animals....not to mention interesting conversation pieces.

-- Amanda (mrsgunsmyth@hotmail.com), March 31, 2002.

Hi all! I'm new here, and yes we do have a llama. He's the goat's guardian, and takes his job very seriously! His name is Bally Llama- my girlfriend gets a kick out of telling me to "ask the Bally Llama." He is standoffish with us, as they usually arel. He makes the weirdest noises...one is almost a donkey's bray. Tell us mare about your's please, Marilyn. Cara in OR

-- Cara Dailey (daileyd@agalis.net), March 31, 2002.

Thanks Amanda and Cara for the input. I have never sheared the llamas, I don't know how and thinking our hot, high altitude summers might give them a sunburn if I did. The heat doesn't seem to bother them. If I figure it out, I'd be glad to send you the fleece. I went to the Estes Park, CO LLama and Alpaca Show several years ago and looked at all the exhibits for spinning the alpaca and llama wool. The alpacas are darling, but they don't have the smarts that llamas do. Actually they would probably be easier to handle because the llamas are quite arrogant, but so fascinating to watch. They seem to know about everything that is going on around them. They can see things far away and alert everyone just by their intent staring in the direction of the intruder. I know our females would make a braying sound and act alarmed about something across the road. They could see coyotes, but we couldn't. I've got to go to church now,more later. Happy Resurrection Day! God Bless

-- Marilyn in CO (www.tomeatbeef@aol.com), March 31, 2002.

If I'm not mistaken(and I very well could be) you pluck llamas instead of shear them. They shed heavily at different times of the year and I think you just gather the loose hair. I'll try and find out for sure. I'm so crazy about spinning that I'll try to twist anything into a thread(the dogs are gettin nervous). If you send me fiber I'd be happy to send you some finished homespun yarn. I've got to start doing something with all this yarn I'm spinning...I'm going to get a loom here soon and hopefully that will help....the yarn is beginning to take over :o). Happy Easter Sunday to everyone.

-- Amanda (mrsgunsmyth@hotmail.com), March 31, 2002.

Ok Amanda, I'll gather the wool when I brush them, and I'll also wait to hear what you find out. Actually when I brushed them last fall, I got lots and lots of fiber. What a shame I just threw it away. You can just e-mail me your address when the time comes. The colors are fawn brown, coppery brown, white and carmel. Talk to you later.

-- Marilyn in CO (www.tomeatbeef@aol.com), March 31, 2002.

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