The all-important basics
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.
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
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
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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