Brochure or Order Information Kit
List of Farms and
Ranches to Visit
llama owner will tell you about the excitement of buying their first
llama, and their second, and their third.... they will also tell you
that you have homework to do before you jump in and buy llamas.
It is very important to the entire llama community, that as new
owners, you are prepared to take on a whole new world of responsibility,
lifestyle and enjoyment.
to Become a Llama Owner
time reading everything you can about llamas.
There are llama publications, books and videos available.
Go to your local library or ask any of the llama owners in the
booklet for a list.
as many LLMA farms and ranches as you possibly can.
You will meet wonderful people and find that they are extremely
happy to answer your questions. By
visiting many farms, you will learn many different ways to manage
llamas, see many different handling facilities, and also see many
llamas. This will help you
decide what style of llama you prefer, and you will learn what various
breeders are breeding for and why.
you can work it into your schedule, attend as many llama events, sales,
educational seminars and shows as possible.
Contact the Alpaca and Llama Show Association for the locations
and dates of shows near you. Call 913/557-9489 or go to www.llama.org/alsa
At all of these events, you will have an opportunity to meet many
wonderful people who will gladly answer your questions.
Your First Llama
you planning to have llamas that will be fiber-bearing companions?
Are you planning to be a full-time or part-time breeder? Are you looking at purchasing young animals that you will be
able to put in the show circuit, or are you looking to purchase bred
females that will produce crias soon? Whatever your approach, whatever
you decide, the most important point is that you secure at least the
following information about the llamas and their owners prior to
to see the International Llama Registration certificate of the
llama for verification of the bloodlines.
out if the animal has been blood-typed to qualify parents.
the health records of the animal.
the animal halter trained?
is the llama's personality?
the animal is to be used for packing, ask that a loaded pack be
placed on the llama.
a female, has she had babies? What is the breeding and birthing
history? Did she have good milk?
are the female's past crias? If they have been sold, find out who
the female is pregnant, when is her due date? Will it work into
your birthing schedule? Who is she bred to? Ask to see the service
sire. If he is not at the farm, what has he produced? Ask to see
the llama meet your conformation standards?
is the llama's show record and is it “recorded” with ALSA?
llama owners start with purchasing a pair of llamas.
Llamas are very social and require being with
at least one other llama.
Llama prices vary according to their quality, but you will find that top,
show-quality, breeding females will average in the $3,000 - $10,000 range.
Whether you already have a housing facility, plan to build one, or plan
to board your llamas, will determine how much capital you will need.
addition to feed (one year's feed is typically $200 per llama), and some
inventory of halters, clippers, lead ropes, etc. (around $100), you will most
likely want to insure your animals. There
will be minimal vet costs.
LLMA member will be pleased to go over all of these figures with you.
of these expenses are attractive tax advantages.
It is recommended that you engage an accountant for advice.
llamas are sold for cash. Occasionally
breeders offer financing on short terms and will require payment for the animals
before you take delivery.
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