Llama FAQ’s

What do you do with a llama?

They make excellent pets, wool producers, pack animals, cart animals and sheep guardians.

Do they spit?

Very rarely at people; but, they use this as a warning in food and breeding disputes within the herd. However, it is much safer than biting or kicking!

How long do they live?

15 years is average in South America, but they often live 20-30 years in the U.S. because of better nutrition and health care.

What is their gestation?

11 1/2 months.

What age do you begin breeding?

Females as early as one year and males between 2 and 3 1/2.

How soon can you rebreed after delivery?

14 days. Llamas do not come into heat. They are induced ovulators. Female llamas spend 95% of their adult life pregnant.

How much weight can they carry?

Between 80-120 lbs.

How much do they weigh?

25-30 lbs at birth. 250-500 lbs at maturity.

How much do they eat?

You can dry lot a llama on less than a bale of hay a week.

What do you feed them?

Grass hay and loose mineral salts.

Are they easy to train?

Yes. They have been domesticated for thousands of years and packing and walking on a lead are part of their nature.

What are some of the unique characteristics of llamas?

They have their babies during daylight hours (usually between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.), they dung pile (go in only one or two spots in the pasture), they have an extra eliptical blood cell so that they are automatically adapted to working at high altitudes, and they have wide set eyes which can see almost 260 degrees. This makes them very kinetically aware and they rarely trip or knock things over in tight spaces.

What is their fiber like?

It is hollow, so it is lighter and warmer than wool. It does not contain lanolin so many people who are allergic to wool can wear llama.

What sounds do they make?

They hum, orgle when breeding, and have a high pitched alarm call.

What do you look for in a llama?

Size, good bone, a high tail set, a flat back, banana shaped ears, fluid movement, balance, straight legs and a calm disposition and fine quality wool.

When are llamas full grown?

3 1/2 years.

Do you have to geld males in order to use them for pets and pack animals?

No, generally not, but it is recommended for llamas used as guard animals so they won’t be tempted to mount the sheep.

Are they good travelers?

Yes. They usually lie down when moving and can be transported in the back of a van. They require very little room when traveling.

Is their manure good fertilizer?

It is exceptional. It is rich, but not hot. It does not have to be composted in order to be used.

How long does it take for their coat to grow back after shearing?

Two years.