What are they like? Are they friendly?
Llamas are very curious animals. They are generally peaceful and graceful. By nature, they tend to come toward people out of curiosity, then back away if the person reaches out to them. When trained and worked with, llamas will respond favorably to most anything requested of them, including being petted.
What do they eat?
Llamas have very efficient digestive systems, being modified ruminates (they have three stomachs). They graze on pasture and can eat grain and hay. They require a relatively low protein content (about 12% or less), so do not require rich hays such as alfalfa. Usually, a free-choice vitamin-mineral mix is provided to ensure that they get sufficient trace minerals, especially selenium. Overall llamas are usually much less expensive and easier to feed than most other livestock.
At Gander Hill Farm we have close to twenty llamas of all ages and colors. Our llamas are excellent guard animals keeping our horses safe. If you are interested in purchasing a llama or two then please email us at email@example.com.
What do you do with llamas?
Llamas bring many different pleasures to many different people. They are used for backpacking, for pets, for their fiber, and for breeding. In all ways, llamas enrich our lives.
Where do you keep them?
Llamas, being from the Andes Mountains where it freezes 300 nights of the year, are adaptable to varying climates. A three-sided shelter is usually sufficient to provide protection from the cold, blowing rain, or snow. Equally important is to provide sufficient shade in the heat. In many locations in the Southeast, circulating fans are important in the summer to help keep them cool. Plentiful fresh water is important all year around, but especially in the summer. Some llamas have even been know to enjoy wading pools!
How big to they get?
Adult llamas weigh between 250 and 450 pounds and stand 40-45 inches at the shoulder.
What kind of fences are needed?
Llamas do well with either four or five foot fences. Although they can clear four to five feet from a standing start if they wish, they very seldom choose to jump fences. barbed wire is not necessary for llamas, nor is electric fence. Horse wire, board fence, and New Zealand wire fences all work well. Keeping unwanted animals out (such as packs of dogs) is usually of more concern and difficulty than keeping the llamas in.
What about breeding? How long is their gestation?
Llamas are copulation-induced ovulators. This means that they do not have a heat cycle, but rather that they do not ovulate until after they have mated (usually in about 24 hours). The females are bred while lying in the sternal-recumbent position (like a sphinx). The gestation is about eleven and a half months.
How big are the babies?
The babies are usually between 18 and 30 pounds at birth. Most babies are born during the daylight hours, and usually without human assistance. They are up and nursing within an hour or so. They are soft and cute and curious from the time they are born, and their prideful posture just grabs your heart.
How long do they live?
The average llama's life span is 20-25 years. Several llamas have been known who were not only alive after age 30, but were still producing babies!
How do I get started?
Visit lots of llama breeders and ask lots of questions. There are two hundred llama lovers in the Southern States
All of the Llamas at Gander Hill Farm are ILR (International Llama Registry) Registered. We breed for conformation and wool.
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