"The whole of this flock, even to a lamb five months old, are broken to halter and are very docile and tractable; their countenances exhibit marked expressions of intelligence, the eyes are large and bright, and their sight is keen." 

The Illustrated London News
commenting on what was probably the very first import ever, of llamas into the UK in July 1858.










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Riding home...

... are members of the Lama (with one `l') or 'Camelid' family.

Llamas have been South America's best kept secret for 3000 years! Until now...

In Peru, from the times of the great Incas, the llama has been treasured as "total provider..." The llama's luxurious fibre would be knitted into garments and rugs which would be carried to market on the llama's back. At the market the llama would sit patiently and, goods sold, might then give the owner a ride home! Home could easily be a tent made from llama skins. Wearing llama garments, sitting on llama rugs, tribes people would cook their food (only rarely being llama meat) on fires fuelled by dried llama dung...

Festivals & holidays are to this day still dressing up occasions for the llamas as well as for the local population. Llamas would be important participants in parades, adorned with colourful decorations made from their wool.

Llamas are also found in Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. They truly have been South America's best kept secret for several millenia. It is hard to believe that in the 20th Century (as it was), such a useful and interesting animal could be so little known and misunderstood outside of the region that had elevated it to the status of the prized animal of the Incas - an animal of the Gods!

Indeed it was not until the end of the last century that a few specimens were imported into UK zoos, and even then the many uses and value of llamas was completely missed, although a few gelding males were taught to pull carts to give rides for zoo visitors.

It was not until the mid to late 1980's that more serious interest was awakened in the UK when a few innovative individuals began to look for opportunities to diversify from traditional farm livestock.


Roseland Llamas

Began to build their herd during this period with stock mostly imported from other countries, and have steadily built up the herd with quality rather than quantity being the absolute guiding principle.   

The Roseland herd is still managed single-handedly on a part-time basis by Paul Rose; a tribute to the ease of handling, hardiness and gentle nature of llamas.

With a wealth of experience and choice of superb bloodlines Roseland are keen to ensure new owners start with the right llamas for their particular needs or interest: be it two or three llamas as field pets, companions for horses, livestock guardians etc; or a larger group for trekking, fibre production etc; or a starter herd for farm diversification and breeding for profit.

Stockleigh Pomeroy, Devonshire EX17 4AY, U.K