Our llama herd consisting of Woolly and Spotty llamas also known as appaloosa
Our foundation herd came initially from Paul Rose of Roseland Llamas, a specialist UK breeder and importer of woolly llamas. Since then we have added more new bloodlines and llama genetics from Europe and South America. Rossi and Benito came from two camelid breeders in Switzerland, both of whom carefully select and import top quality llamas and alpacas from South America and Europe. Our Italian Llamas de Oro are bred by one of the top Italian Camelid judges, who selectively breeds for unrivalled conformation, fine fleece, and exemplary temperament as he uses his llamas extensively in animal assisted therapy as well as for commercial trekking in the tourist industry. Many of our llamas have come from Llamas del Sur in Chile, and these animals in particular have very steady temperaments and calm personalities, especially those with Argentine bloodlines.
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About our Llamas
Our adult male llamas live together in a batchelor group, quite amicably for most of the year, but during the breeding season from May to July things can get a little bit competitive, so the llama boys are then divided into two separate areas. They have large purpose built grassy mounds in their paddocks which provide a good vantage point, and plenty of entertainment. The fields are enclosed by high hedges which they keep well trimmed for us, and when they are not grazing or browsing the llamas are free to wander into their loafing sheds, light and airy field shelters, providing shade ,shelter and fresh hay.
Because we have so many, our llama girls are usually divided into three groups so that we can easily see if anybody needs any special attention. The pregnant female llamas will be pastured in the birthing paddocks at least 6 weeks before their due dates as the girls like to pick their spot well in advance where they will choose to calve when the time comes. Birthing of the crias takes place from May to July, so fields with plenty of shade are needed for the girls in late pregnancy.
The new born llamas known as crias really benefit from being in the company of other siblings in the nursery fields, running, playing and learning about llama life together. During this time we keep a close eye on the nursing Mums as lactation can be nutritionally very demanding, especially as most of them will be re-bred at this time for another cria next year.
The younger llamas not yet old enough to breed have the run of the furthest fields and also of the pond field, which is too dangerous for the new born crias. This doesnt mean that one or two of the yearling llamas havent been known to take the plunge, but they only tend to do it once, and fortunately they can swim when they have to ! These girls are our trekking llamas, and love to escort visitors around the farm on our guided tour. They are great fun to work with and after basic halter-training they enjoy taking on a variety of different obstacles and challenges, designed to build their confidence.
We start actively working with our young llamas at weaning time, around 6 months of age, when they are separated from their Mums. This is a very exciting time for us when we really start getting to know their individual personalities. Following the core principles of Camelidynamics , first lessons are very short, sometimes just two minutes with each little llama, but they are quick learners. Every llama is allowed to progress at his own pace, with some accepting a halter straightaway and others needing a little more help. Eventually the time comes when these little camelids graduate, and when that day comes its always with some regret but great pride that we hand them over to their proud new owners !