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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 2nd Revised edition edition (Jan. 5 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580173284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580173285
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Everything you need to know to raise lovable, profitable llamas

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

About the Author

Author Gale Birutta is a llama breeder and owner of Made in Vermont Llamas, owner and guide of Northeast Kingdom Llama Expeditions, and developer of the Guardian Llama Placement Program, which utilizes llamas as guards for sheep, goats, poultry, and other livestock. Gale also spends her time at a video production studio in Barre, Vermont, where her first production was a 13-week diversified agriculture series. She has arranged with the UVM Extension to produce two Across the Fence programs on guard llamas and llamas in general, as well as Vermont ETV's Points North. Gale was also previously certified as a police officer from the Morris County Police Academy in New Jersey, where she was born and raised. Gale has been an avid horsewoman for more than 20 years, and was former manager of a 20-horse hunt/show stable in New Jersey. She moved to Vermont in 1987 with her husband, John, to raise llamas after leaving the horse business. Gale has completed many years of research and development of organic fertilizer, and besides her Storey book, A Guide to Raising Llamas, Birutta has self published the books, Developing Llama Manure-Based Organic Fertilizer in 1991, and Llama Profits on a Shoestring in 1995, self published by The Homestead Press. Gale has written articles for magazines such as New England Farmer, New England Country Folks, and Agriview, and she self publishes the newsletter entitled, The Guardian Llama News as well.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Mackey on Dec 14 2004
Format: Paperback
I have had alpacas for over a year now and llamas for a couple of months so while I'm still a novice I do have some experience. I feel this book is not suitable for novices because once you start finding inconsistencies in a book, it's difficult to have faith in the book as a whole.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karin Carmack on Sept. 11 2003
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I found this book to be somewhat helpful, but lacking in a lot of areas. For example they did not go into a lot of details on llama care. (i.e. worming schedules, types of wormers, shearing practices etc.) Good if you are into breeding. I am just an individual that has two llamas as pets and wanted detailed info. on their care.
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I first got this book when I bought my first llamas a few years ago. It was the one recommended to me by the breeder. Since then, it is the book I recommend to all those just starting out with llamas. It is also the book I recommend to those who just think they might want llamas. The book has information on everything, from basic conformation to packing and showing. What it lacks in depth of information, it more than makes up for in references. I still run to this book when I have questions, and have read it through several times. If you are thinking about getting a couple of llamas or a whole herd, read this book first!
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Gale Birutta has put together a well thought out book, that covers all aspects to owning llamas for a novice.
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 !!
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
The essential book for new llama owners July 17 2001
By Melanie B. McMurry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I first got this book when I bought my first llamas a few years ago. It was the one recommended to me by the breeder. Since then, it is the book I recommend to all those just starting out with llamas. It is also the book I recommend to those who just think they might want llamas. The book has information on everything, from basic conformation to packing and showing. What it lacks in depth of information, it more than makes up for in references. I still run to this book when I have questions, and have read it through several times. If you are thinking about getting a couple of llamas or a whole herd, read this book first!
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Book Review Sept. 11 2003
By Karin Carmack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be somewhat helpful, but lacking in a lot of areas. For example they did not go into a lot of details on llama care. (i.e. worming schedules, types of wormers, shearing practices etc.) Good if you are into breeding. I am just an individual that has two llamas as pets and wanted detailed info. on their care.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Excellent starter book for novices May 21 2001
By John Halliburton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Gale Birutta has put together a well thought out book, that covers all aspects to owning llamas for a novice.
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 !!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Must Have!!!!!! Oct. 20 2005
By James P McKain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is sort of the "Dummies Guide" to raising llamas. It not only covers common sense but also in depth topics. Before we purchased our llamas we did a lot of research and this is a book that we chose to keep permanently in our library. We are purchasing it for our local public library as a gift to all that may be interested in lloving llamas.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Llama Bible June 20 2005
By Rick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We have gone through several copies of this book and require all our 13 and up 4-H kids to read it. Mostly, we use it as a reference manual and augment it with other sources of information from trade magazines and llama vet advice. This is a great book with some solid instructions on how to care for these wonderful animals.

I highly recommend this book to anyone considering llamas. It will provide you with a solid understanding of the needs of the species and the amount of work that will be required to tend to them. Like most things, it is always helpful to get information from more then one source.


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