Everything readers need to know about behavior, facilities, first aid, breeding, birthing, fleece harvesting, and marketing.
Llamas are fast becoming one of the best choices for backyard livestock, and this comprehensive guide will give you the expert advice you need, including tips on:
-- Buying your first llama
-- Breeding, birthing, and herd management
-- Health care, feeding, and facilities
-- Llama behavior and training
-- Using llamas as guardian and expedition animals
-- Marketing llama fleece and organic manure
Chapters cover selection, care, feeding, training, etc., each in enough detail to cover the topic, without becoming boring or overbearing. Quirks of the animals were covered ( they are head shy as a breed trait), that alone kept us from making mistakes when visiting llama farms.
The information in this book was invaluable to us when we began visiting llama farms. We actually knew what we were looking at and could ask intelligent questions of the owners !!
Well done, write another !!
Fertilizer: "Their communal dung pile makes clean up easier than it is with other livestock". No comment about the fact that not ALL lamas are like that. My boys have several dung piles all over the place.
Buying your first llama: Gale talks about buying "just one llama". While she does mention that they "can generally" be kept with other livestock she doesn't mention that they really do better in the company of their own species.
Horse Trailers: "You can leave llamas in ventilated horse trailers for several days when you are transporting them on a long trip. It is essential to provide fresh feed and water twice a day. You won't need to remove llamas from the trailer to walk them. ... have no problem staying in a kushed position hour upon hour chewing their cud". YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING! In the section on fertilizers she talks about how clean they are then she's telling you to leave them laying in their own sh*t! To NOT walk an animal who has been confined to a trailer is cruelty!
Number of animals to a space: "... 8 to 10 llamas in an 8' x 8' stall". Think about it for a minute that's less than 1 sq. ft per animal!
Fencing: One one page she says that 32" - 37.5" is too short then on the very next page she says that "a sheep containment height of 3 feet will be sufficient". 37.5" is too short but 36" is sufficient?
While well intended by a successful breeder, in my opinion, there are too many contradictions to make this book safe for novices.