General Information


  • Average adult weight: 300-350 lbs.
  • Average life expectancy: 15-20 years
    (can live to 30)
  • Average gestation: 350 days
  • Average birth weight: 20-30 lbs.

    Herd Management

  • Grazing density: 4-6 per acre
  • Shelter: three sided shed or better
  • Fencing: board, woven wire, high tensile, chain link... anything but barbed wire.
  • Feed: Pasture, hay, grain
  • Water: fresh water provided daily
  • Supplement: Minerals either loose or a salt lick. Goat mineral is sufficient.
  • Deworming: 4 times per year or more.
  • Heat: Llamas should be shorn and fans provided during the summer.
  • Annual vaccinations: CDT and rabies
  • 18 Things a New Llama Owner Should Know

    General Pricing

  • Non-breeders: $500 - $1,500
  • Females: $1,500 - $5,000+
  • Males: $1,000 - $5,000+
  • Stud services: $500 - $1,000+

    Odds and Ends

  • A baby is called a "cria"
  • Llamas rarely twin.
  • They use communal dung piles and will use "litter boxes" in the barn.
  • Llamas will travel in the back of a mini van.
  • When recumbant they are said to be "kushed."
  • Llamas are herd animals and should never be a singleton.
  • They will get along with goats, sheep, alpacas, horses, cattle...
  • Llamas like to sunbath.
  • They are used to "guard" other livestock because of their natural dislike for canines. They will, however learn to accept the family dogs.
  • Llamas have been native to the altiplano region of South America since the last ice age.
  • Are Llamas Right For You?

    Llamas are intelligent, curious, versatile, gentle and aloof, low-maintenance livestock traditionally used as pack animals and fiber production. They are the larger cousin to the alpaca (which is primarily a fiber producer). Domesticated by the Incas thousands of years ago, these sure-footed animals were bred for their athleticism and disposition.

    Today, llamas are used more recreationally. While still working as packers for many outfitters and as fiber producers for handspinners and cottage industry, they are also popular as pets, show animals, 4-H projects, guardians for other livestock, companion animals, therapy, hiking, cart driving, land use or simply as live "pasture ornaments."

    Llamas, like all members of the camelid family, do spit. It is a defense mechanism and social behavior. They will spit at each other over food or territory. However, it is rare that a happy, well-adjusted llama will arbitrarily spit at people. If you encounter a llama that spits readily at a person for no apparent reason, it is likely that llama has been mistreated (abuse or petting zoos), bottlefed, or overly handled as a baby.

    Our llamas are raised for show, breeding, pets and fiber production and represent some of the finest stock in the country. The farms listed each have local, regional and/or National champions with diverse and outcross bloodlines. If you are looking to enhance your pastures and your life, llamas may be right for you. Give us a call to plan a visit.

    Lower Sherwood Farm
    Paige McGrath
    5232 Blenheim Road
    Charlottesville, VA 22902
    Oak Creek Llamas
    Billy and Jackie Koontz
    25840 Independence Road
    Unionville, VA 22567
    Rest and Be Thankful Llamas
    Ed and Audrey Lee
    845 Cambell Road
    Keswick, VA 22947

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    Web page created by Paige Ink. Originally posted: 9-23-07