Stud Basics



Stud Llamas

The all-important basics

 The quality of the stud male is all-important in any good breeding programme as he can pass his qualities on to so many offspring each year.

Thus whilst any entire male can be used a stud we believe only the best should be considered for serious breeding. 

This means having excellent conformation, top quality fibre, and a lovely temperament.  We will not use a stud unless his fibre is under 28 microns (alpaca quality) and unless his temperament is good enough for him to be trekked.

In addition to these quantifiable basics, before we will use a llama for stud work, we look for the much less definable and often elusive quality of a strong "presence".

For newcomers to llamas, it should be noted that stud llamas do not smell like billy goats, are not ferocious like a bull, do not present danger like a rutting deer, do not have the challenging character of stallions ...
       ...In fact a well chosen stud llama should be as easy to halter, lead and groom as a gelding.

Llamas tend to be used for breeding around the age of two in the UK and USA, which is rather earlier than in South America where a start at the age of three is usually reported. (It has been known for llamas to be fertile as early as nine months but these are the rare exception.)

Maturity is often confused with fertility. Males are not fully mature until they are between three and five years of age. 

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