About Llamas & Alpacas

Llama facts

  • Llamas are one of the oldest domesticated species in the world having been used for transporting goods for over 5,000 years in the Andes
  • To feed two llamas for a year costs about $300-$400 depending on hay prices and pastures.
  • Llamas prefer not to spit! it is usually directed at each other, not humans, and is about food, mating or herd hierarchy. Spitting is a last resort for them as it tastes terrible!
  • Llamas can carry a pack, but are not built to ride.
  • A llamas average lifespan is 18-20 years.
  • Llama fiber is naturally hypoallergenic, hollow and warm! They produce superb quality fiber. (wool)
  • Llamas do not need a set feeding time, require minimal daily maintenance and are easy on pastures.
  • Llamas greet each other and humans nose to nose!
  • Llamas are highly intelligent, cooperative, calm, tolerant and trusting.
  • Llamas are gentle and shy by nature, they do not bite and seldom kick.
  • Llamas are social—you need to own at least 2.
  • Llamas are respectful of fencing and easy to transport and keep.

Llamas need:

  • Other llama friends; llamas are very social
  • An acre is advised for 2-3 llamas to graze and roam
  • To be sheared once a year
  • A shelter for protection from extreme weather
  • Their toenails trimmed on a regular basis
  • Access to fresh water, they only drink about a gallon a day
  • Shade or fans to keep cool in the summer
  • Low protein hay and feed

 Sheep

We are very excited about our new breeding program for Valais Blacknose Sheep! These sheep are called “the cutest sheep in the world”! Native to Switzerland, Valais sheep are not allowed at this time to be imported to the United States. We have implemented a program under the direction of Shepherds Lane Farm of Oregon, of artificially inseminating a host ewe with the semen of a top Valais Ram to produce our stock. The first generation were born in April of 2020, and these are referred to as “F1” sheep. They are 50% Gotland sheep from Scotland, and 50% Valais sheep . When the female F1 sheep are mature enough to breed, their offspring will be considered “F2” and will then become 75% Valais. This will continue until we reach maximum genetics. Not only are these sheep adorable, they are extremely affectionale with amazing dispositions! Like puppies! They make excellent pets for anyone who wants a cute little fur ball to cuddle with!