Up TL 1 TL  2 TL3 TL4 TL5 TL 6



We are currently closed to new topics






We cannot accept responsibility for advice given or for errors or omissions. Contributions published may express opinions that are not necessarily those of Roseland Llamas.


Weight loss - Tall (as in long-necked) story -  

No opening hours? - More llamantics - Llamas showing off
Weighty issues - Strong bond - Cattle grids

 Archers role models - Archers convert - Hairy Archers
Lla-mating -
Fibre, facts and fiction -  Guarding Dr Doolittle's friends 
 "Sit Fido, sit!"  -
Time to ...shear   ...mate  ...chop

Food, glorious food -  World Travellers - Worming - Watchful eye - Canine Question Lamanac & name games
No training required - Broken leg - Lonely - The Mating game
Clean bumsWhat's in a name: 3?

Friends & relatives - Breeding - Geriatric care - Llama headcollars Financial Affairs 1 - Financial Affairs 2 - Best time to buy - Guard or pet?
Perfect Retirement Hobby - For medicinal purposes only?
Relief for Reynaud's Disease


Commercially speaking: llama milk & fleece - What's in a name: 2?
Groovy LlamasAll boys together - Grooming - Coming to sticky ends
Fertiliser - Splay legs - Grazing companions / feeding silage


 Vegetable treatsBuying an untrained llama
Separating male at calving
Teaser male?Unusual uses for llamas! - Llama Loving Birds

What's in a name: 1 - Behaviour problems -
Foot & Mouth
Handling Llamas


Wet feet - Poisonous plants - Dung piles - Fibre Loss
Pair behaviour - Stud as Guard Llama - Geriatric llamas - Fertility
Abscess - Toenails

Come back soon to read the latest contributions and - better still - 
do please contribute your own questions, answers, ideas, experiences or just general comments!

The pads on one of my llamas feet look as if areas have worn through, and there are also some little holes - I would describe them as little wormholes.
Is this footrot and should I get my vet to come out to see her right away, or can you advise some treatment I can do myself? I'm not sure if this is a common occurrence or something serious? She is walking and running about normally, and until the last three days the ground has been very dry for several weeks. R.O
 Long-term experienced owners mostly state that llamas do not get footrot... Experienced vets say they are not susceptible to it... The latter of course being not quite so absolute!
Overall, however, footrot is most unlikely. It is a problem particularly common in sheep when there are consistently wet, damp or muddy conditions rather than the dry weather of late... Healthy but well-worn llama foot pads do tend to shred and shed the outer layer of dry skin and they do often look like peeling leather. However the holes suggest the possibility of a fungal infection, perhaps from earlier wet conditions.

Check the pads for any smell and the warmth of  infection. If they are cool, smell- and puss-free then I personally would be inclined to just review every few days for any signs of change (and as it is now wet again, perhaps keep her in for this period or ensure she is on well-drained pasture). Equally, however, you might run the scenario past your vet ( a descriptive phone call should be sufficient rather than a visit) and ask what he/she would apply if it was a fungus and apply it anyway, it can do no harm! 

See also our very first question to TalkingLlamas some five or six years ago which was  on this same subject ... click here!


I have a llama who is now about fourteen years old. Although she seems healthy and happy enough, she is getting very thin and I'm worried about her. She seems to eat well (lots of grass) and I give her small amounts of goat mix. Can you suggest anything to help her put on weight please? Fourteen is a fair old age! Her weight loss could be the result of various things other than serious illness but it might be prudent to first get your vet to check her out and rule out any serious problems and blood test her to check if she has any vitamin and mineral deficiencies. He should also check for worms. At this age it is possible her teeth may need trimming. If they are overlong she will not chew the grass properly and so much of it will not get properly digested and will be wasted. You do not say if she has been having and feeding calves on a regular (annual) basis. If so this could well be part of the cause. Either way you might increase the supplementary feed gradually for a few weeks adding any vitamin/mineral supplements suggested by the blood test. Again if she has been breeding regularly, at least a year's rest would do her good, and you should consider retiring her altogether! Good Luck!

See also TL1 - Geriatric llamas

I read in the newspaper that when an ambulance crew arrived to help an injured farmer lying in his field his llamas gathered in a circle around him to protect him. Is this typical?  It's a great story and as you may know llamas will certainly protect their flock, be it other llamas or sheep or  poultry etc, from attacks by foxes and feral dogs. I have a vague suspicion, however, that in this case the details may have become slightly exaggerated in the telling... llama spin rather than spinning llama...
I can't find your opening hours anywhere on your website, are you open to the public? We are a private breeding farm and not open to the public as such, but naturally if you are interested in owning llamas then we would be delighted to give you a tour of the farm and show you our stock by appointment.
If your interest is primarily a day out then a visit to a trekking centre would be a good option.
Your website is fascinating and I was amazed to learn how versatile llamas are as prior to reading your site (I've grazed nearly every page) I had always thought llamas...
... Do little!
Boom boom!
We would love to buy a group of female llamas to breed but are worried as we had some fearful experiences with cows when they had their calves chasing our young daughters. For how many months each year after the llamas have their calves would it be unwise for our children to enter our field? You need have no worries in this direction. Your llamas will be quite happy for your children to enter and play in the field when they have their calves. Your llamas will enjoy showing off their youngsters to you all- calving time is an especially delightful time to be enjoyed to the full. Our "maternity meadow" often has up to a dozen or more females and calves in it and it also houses our children's trampoline (I've not seen the llamas using it yet though) and boating pond! We have also always been happy for our children to play in the fields when our stud males are in residence.
We've taken our our one year old calf out on a few treks but now read that you shouldn't before they're two - He's very good on our quiet lanes but is it alright for him at this age? If by trek you mean put a forty pound pack on his back and hike him all day long, then yes he's too young. If, however - and as I suspect - you mean take him for walks of a mile or two or even occasionally three or four, possibly with a very light pack with your sandwiches and coffee flask in it then do carry on. Once he is nearing two years, and as he grows and his bones mature you can  start increasing the time and weight until by the time he is 2 years and 9 months he should be able to carry approximately one quarter of his own weight (It is at this age that his growth plates will have closed), or circa 40lb.
I find that all three of my young male llamas are very reluctant to be led out of their field individually, and away from the others. Once one is away from the others all is well and he will trek with me for miles.  It is the herding instinct of course, but is this something that my boys will outgrow? Am I being cruel in asking it... sometimes it's just for an extra feed! TC The reluctance to leave their companions is, as you say, typical herd behaviour. Whether they will grow out of it partly depends on their individual personalities and partly on how frequently you take them out separately. Were you to do it on a daily basis, for example, they would most likely learn to accept it quite quickly - as indeed they may still do  if you do it less frequently but regularly. As they grow older they will become more independent too, making it more likely that they will fall in with your requirements.
Will llamas be kept in by a cattle grid?  N.H I should know the answer to this one and it is a question I have been asked before, but I have not found a definitive answer. I suspect that llamas are sufficiently intelligent and agile to find their way over a grid, yet at the same time they are generally not that interested in wandering from their defined territory.

Meanwhile responses from any llama-owning cattle grid users would be gratefully received. I will also investigate further and report back!

E v-H contributes: "I think they will not be kept in by a cattle grid as llamas can carefully pick their way through and over obstacles as well as possibly leap across."

Anon adds: I have one male who will quite happily tip toe across them and another male who will take a leap for llamakind! The others will not go anywhere near so I guess it depends whether you have an escape artist!


Back to Topic List    Previous TL page