Guard llamas!

I saw a great video on Facebook the other day of a llama (vicuna) chasing off a fox!

Check out Ashwood Llamas facebook page to see the video yourself.

Llamas do make good guard animals and can be used to guard sheep, chickens and other livestock.

However, be warned, not all llamas make good guard animals, females with young cria will be more interested in protecting the cria than anything else in the field.

Young male llamas in the natural environment would be the guard animals as the dominant male will have the females around him and the youngsters will head out to ward off the predator.

Ashwood llamas does have one male llama available that would make a good guard llama – Llancellot – check him out.


Llamas & some characteristics!

Llamas and some characteristics!

Did you know that llamas have a gestation period of 11.5 months.

Did you also know that it can be as long as 13.5 months – llamas tend to have their cria (baby llamas) during daylight hours (between 8am and 4pm) and if they haven’t had the cria before then they will hold on until the next day. During the summer months they can hold on for days waiting for a nice sunny day!

Did you know that llamas have a dung pile? In most instances they will go to toilet in the same place in a field, unlike a lot of domestic farm animals that will go just anywhere anytime, llamas can and will hold on until they can get to their dung pile before going to the toilet.

Did you know that llamas have an elliptical red blood cell? This can hold more oxygen than  normal red blood cells enabling to live and work at very high altitudes.

Did you know that llamas eyes are wide set? This enables them to have near 360 degree vision. This also makes them very kinetically aware and they rarely trip or knock things over in tight spaces.