About Llamas

  • trekking__limestone5.jpgLlamas are legendary in their Native South America. They have been domesticated in the Andean Highlands for about 5000 years, essentially as a beast of burden. To communicate, they make a distinctive humming sound, which the Incas believe is a message to God and a sign of pure soul.
  • An adult llama stands approximately 1.2 metres tall at the shoulder and weighs about130-200kgs. Despite their size they do not need much room. A quarter of an acre per llama is sufficient. This makes them ideally suited for lifestyle blocks. They are also friendly to paddocks. A normal 4 foot fence is sufficient and they can be quickly trained to stay behind a single wire electric fence. As they are sturdy and robust and able to tolerate most weather conditions, they don't need special protection. A three-sided shelter or basic barn structure is sufficient depending on the location.
  • Llamas have a reputation for spitting, which is highly exaggerated (they usually only spit if they are threatened or they need to establish a pecking order for feeding). They very rarely spit at humans.
  • Llamas are very intelligent and very easy to train. They can learn to accept the halter and will lead after only a few tries. You can also train them to pack in a couple of lessons. They also learn very basic commands such as 'stand' or 'walk on' very quickly.
  • Because llamas have a relatively low protein requirement, they can be fed a mixture of pasture and hay, supplemented with pellets made specifically for llamas. One llama eats approximately four standard square bales of hay per month.
  • Llamas make a dung pile, usually in one spot. Being low in nitrogen it makes good manure as it can go stright on the garden.