By Jerrika Mumford
The livestock show was once considered a profitable venture in which producers promoted and sold their stock, in addition to earning premiums. While there are still opportunities to make money showing, it has become more about the experience. Exhibitors take pride in raising and/or training animals and want to show their accomplishments. Exhibitors and breeders want to see the results of their hard work. A large part of the experience is the judge selected to evaluate and place the entries. The judge will have to make the tough decisions about what sets apart the best from those still striving. At the end of the day, the show is for the exhibitors, and choosing a fair and knowledgeable judge is essential to a good experience.
A few weeks ago I got it in my head that I needed a camera in our barn. It seemed like a fun thing to be able to pull it up and check on the llamas while I was away. While researching barn cameras, they all required internet access to be able to see a live view. This led me down a rabbit trail of how to get internet from the house to the barn. Luckily, I found an option to easily get WiFi in the barn and a barn camera setup with a process that took under an hour and costs less than $200!
Driving llamas is one of the most fun and unique things to do with your llama. People often drive their llamas in parades, on beaches, in competition at llama shows, or just for fun. To be successful with training a llama to drive it is essential to select the right llama, use equipment that is made for specifically for llamas, and to use good training methods. Training a llama to drive is hard work and there are rarely, if ever, llamas for sale that are already trained. Below we have included a story about Cadence the Llama who was trained by her owner, Barb Romano, to pull a cart. Barb includes recommendations for those interested in driving llamas or learning more about this fun hobby.
Toenail trimming is one of the general care items that most llama owners can take care of themselves. We have tried several kinds of toenail trimmers over time. In this post we will provide a comparison of cost and quality for three of them, including what we hope is the last pair of trimmer we ever buy.