is a small herd of around 50 llamas, including some of the very woolly
type known as Tampuli, and in particular, the wooliest of all which are
My foundation herd for breeding Woollies which are quite rare in this
country came from Roseland Llamas, on the retirement of Paul and Judy
Rose, the premier woolly llama breeders in the UK at that time.
Since then I have imported new bloodlines from Switzerland and Italy (watertown
woollies) from some of Europes finest woolly llama herds, and we are
now enjoying their offspring too.
Watertown Llamas are trained and handled using Camelidynamics methods,
and all are registered with the British Llama Society. For details of
any of the herd that may be available to buy please look on our For Sale
page or contact me for more information.
Marty Mc-Gee Bennetts Camelydynamics
British Llama Society
have been breeding since 2004 and would like to introduce some of them
to you !
, here comes THE BORING BIT .................
THE WATERTOWN MISSION STATEMENT !
Llamas originate from South America and their numbers in the UK are estimated
to be around 5,000 of which about 50% are registered with The British
Llama Society. Numbers have increased steadily over the last thirty years
, but largely from the same limited gene pool. In the first half of the
19th century imported llamas came to the UK mainly for exhibition in zoos,
but in 1843 Peru banned the exportation of live camelids, and were joined
in this by Bolivia, Argentina and Ecuador. The Chilean government also
joined the ban in the 1930`s and no further importations could be made
until the ban was eventually lifted in the 1980`s.
Effectively, this meant that for the best part of a hundred and fourty
years the very tiny national herd became increasingly at risk of inbreeding.
Even once the ban had been lifted, the cost and the difficulty of importing
from South America into the UK prevented new bloodlines from being introduced.
Fortunately for us, the European demand for new genetics was strong enough
for these countries to start importing camelids again, just at a time
when some of the UK`s top llama breeders were beginning to run out of
viable breeding options. It seemed like all the best breeding stock could
be traced back somewhere along the line to just a handful of champion
stud males, so something had to be done ! One of the pioneers amongst
UK llama breeders in the last 20 years is undoubtedly Paul Rose of Roseland
Llamas who led the way by bringing in new genes from many of these new
European herds including breeds from Holland, France, Switzerland, Poland,
Czechoslovakia, Austria and even from Chile.
In autumn 2009 I went to Europe and selected five unrelated stud males
from three breeders in Italy and Switzerland , and some very special females
who have now joined my herd . They have provided Watertown with many superb
new bloodlines which are totally unrelated to any others in the UK , and
the first progeny of these newly imported llamas were born in 2011.
All this has come from a very inauspicious start …………….I
bought a group of 10 wild un-handled neglected llamas of mixed ages and
unknown parentage , practically RSPCA cases , whilst knowing nothing of
llama husbandry, to keep in a field ten miles from where I lived. It wasn`t
long however before my obsession took hold and as a result I moved to
Watertown, a house with 20 acres, so that I could properly care for and
enjoy my llamas on site.
My original 10 taught me a great deal , and whilst they have all now moved
on to lovely new homes they inspired me to see what else I can do for
llamas in the UK. My very ambitious goal is to continue the work started
by Paul Rose and others to widen the llama gene pool in the UK, and most
specifically, to increase the numbers of wonderful woolly llamas in the