TL 3: More TalkingLlamas...

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

I see there are many profitable uses for llamas, but can they be milked, and is the milk suitable for human consumption, like goats, sheep and cows etc? BD
Some older sources of information suggest that tribes people milked their llamas. It even says so on the sign at London Zoo but I have not come across any contemporary evidence of this.

Llama milk is, in fact, produced in such small quantity that it almost makes one wonder that the can calves can thrive and grow on it! It is, however, extremely concentrated and of course is perfect... for llamas. All in all, however, this does suggest that it is unsuitable for normal human consumption.

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How much is a llama fleece worth? JT Factors that need to be taken into account include quality (micron count), quantity and cleanliness of the fleece. One of our clients shear and sell their llama fleece at circa 10 per pound.

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Hello. I was wondering if you could put my mind at rest. A question was raised one night about the name of a Llama's coat. I have been on your web-site and it refers to a llama's coat simply as 'wool' does the coat have a specific name?

I would much appreciate a reply. Thank you. TH


I'm afraid I was being a little lax in referring to the llama's coat as wool, although this is fairly common practice as it gives a good idea of its type, look and feel... 
Technically it is - and should be referred to as - fibre. Llama fibre disqualifies as wool which is a solid fibre whilst llama, or alpaca as the finer quality is termed, is hollow with a structure of diagonal walls. This is actually a plus because this structure gives it exceptional insulating qualities and makes it very strong and light as well as warm!

 Take a look at the section Luxury Fibre for more information.

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I would like to say thanks for your great site, 
Since the film, 'The Emperor's New Groove', my mate and I have been totally in love with llamas, and your site was a real treat! Did you see that film? It was good, wasn't it? I hope the film boosted your income. I love your photo gallery, especially the captions. The information pages taught me a lot, and I fell in love with the llamas for sale. Your site was very good AND very funny! Please reply,


Delighted to know  you enjoyed the site! There's lot's more to be added so do return soon.

We've not caught up with the film yet but hopefully will see the video eventually.  

Our llama Kuzco can be visited at the UK Llama Centre in Dorset ; he is being used by Disney for promotion of the video. 

 Keep smiling... Paul R.

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You warned us when we bought our two lads that we might get hooked. Well Paul, now that it's time to geld them we're now thinking of coming to see you to get two females to go with them instead!  Our worry is whether the boys will stop being friends if we put them back together once they've paired with the girls? How do we proceed. E.F. You're not the first to change direction in this way - I am pleased to say! 
Current thinking tends to suggest that once your males mate their respective partners, they will need to be kept apart. 
However for the past three years we have been putting males that grew up together back with each other at the end of each summer's breeding, with - so far - great success and we will certainly help you achieve this. 

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On the subject of grooming, is it o.k to brush against the grain of the coat? It does seem to help when matted but I know that cats are supposed to hate it!  We certainly prefer to brush with the lie of the coat but do occasionally backbrush areas in the process, and it does not seem to bother the llama. Try...

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Our llamas are doing really well and we have had a wonderful summer with them. One, however, the white girl with grey spots (who we have called Delila!) has what I can only describe as slightly sticky pointed ends to her fibre in lots of small clumps. These do not come out when we brush her. Can you please advise what causes them and how to deal with them? Thanks and best wishes. RR-T I do know what you mean: we have some llamas that occasionally get this too. I'm really not sure, however, where it comes from - I guess it must come from rubbing against some sort of plant or standing under a particular tree. Any better suggestions from anyone out there in cyberspace would be greatly appreciated! 

I'm afraid the only way to get rid of the problem is a severe comb with metal teeth that will pull through (hold the fibre above the point at which you put the comb through so that it does not pull and hurt) or (my preference) to clip off all the pointy ends and then brush well.

The other way is to give your llama a shower and shampoo! C.E

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This is really a question more about gardening than llamas, but I have recently acquired my first pair of llamas and understand that their dung is superb for the garden. Do you know if it has to be well rotted ( and for how long?), like horse manure, or can it be used fairly fresh? TC
It is true! Your garden will take on a new lease of long-necked life when you spread your llamas dung and there is no need for it to be rotted down: it is a 'cold' that will not burn plants and the impatient can spread it straight from the dispenser.

 The manure is rich, high in nitrogen and relatively odourless. Fertiliser

Enjoy your new llamas. 

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My llamas both have very good conformation with nice straight front legs, but although my new cria (six weeks) is really lovely, she has quite splayed legs. Is there anything that I can do? Thank you for your help and for this great column!  DA Thank you, and don't panic! It is not uncommon for the long thin legs of cria to be out of kilter and it is very possible that she will grow out of it as her legs get larger and stronger, especially if both parents have good legs... 

At the moment we  have a really beautiful yearling  male - white and wonderfully woolly- who should become an outstanding stud but for the fact that one of his front legs tends to splay out - however it does not do so all the time and I call it "lazy leg" syndrome. Time will tell as he gets a little older as to whether it will sort itself out...

So I would be inclined to wait and see for at least a few weeks, but if you are still concerned then your vet might recommend splints to help them develop straighter. Remember though, if they do not straighten naturally and if you intend breeding from this youngster, the problem may reproduce itself in offspring.

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Can llamas be kept with cattle? Do they eat silage? JT We've grazed our llamas with various types of cattle including  Highlands without any problems (but there could be a risk from horn damage, accidental or otherwise.

We do not feed silage but believe others have used it as part of a balanced diet without any problems. Can anyone confirm for us?.

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