In June of 2020 we made the trip back to Steve and Sue Rolfing's Great Northern Ranch. We were en route to Bozeman, Montana to meet Paul and Sally Taylor when Steve and Sue graciously hosted us for a short visit. Our first trip to Great Northern Ranch was in July of 2018, as we interviewed them for the very first issue of American Llama. It is well worth reading again, find it by clicking here.
One of the most common questions on the Llama Group on Facebook is “What shears should I buy for my llama?” or “What clippers should I buy for my llama?”. We have taken some of the responses over the years and compiled them into a single article with our own opinions and experiences mixed in. We would like to encourage llama owners to comment on this blog post and share their opinions.
It is important to note that hiring a professional to shear your llama is often the best choice. But if you are having trouble finding someone, or you are just the do-it-yourself type this will help get you started.
Before we discuss any brands you'll have to decide if you want hand shears, clippers, or sheep shears.
What’s the difference between a llama and an alpaca? This might be the question I am asked most frequently by people finding out I raise llamas for the first time. Unsurprisingly there are quite a few blogs and articles related to this question when you start an internet search. If you are familiar with llamas you will be disappointed with much of what you find, and if you are unfamiliar with them you will likely get a bad first impression. That is why I have created an infographic and this accompanying article to try to correct some misconceptions that have floated out onto the internet.
4-H is a wonderful program. It teaches kids responsibility, leadership, communication, the importance of hard work, and how to strive to be better than you were yesterday. Any 4-H program is an excellent thing to be involved in, and I don't endeavor to drag down any other 4-H project you and your family might be interested in. I spent my whole childhood in a llama 4-H club, so I may be a little biased when I say I think they are the best option available. Here are five good reasons to take a strong look at llamas for your next 4-H project:
Robert Downey Jr. hit theaters this week in the remake of Dr. Dolittle that is getting some underwhelming reviews. We thought it was a good time to remind people about the best Dr. Doolittle. It's not Eddy Murphy from 1998, or Rex Harrison from 1967, and we're not going to discuss the book from 1920. No, our Dr. Doolittle is from 1975. He was the first celebrity llama stud, producing over 300 crias.
We have made it a bit of a mission in 2020 to help put out some positivity out into the world. As kind of a fun thing we present our top five llamas of the last decade!
Honorable mentions- we considered a lot of names. Something you may notice is that our list contains no female llamas. We did consider a couple of lady llamas. We talked about GNLC Silver Lining, who produced several show winners. Jerrika also suggested Nevara, whose $20,000 auction price at the Hinterland Walkabout Finale was donated to the ILR-SD. Other herdsires like Argentine Mach One, Wunsapana's Aslan and LAMS Nutcracker were also talked about. In the end we came up with our list of five, but we encourage you to name your five, especially if they are different from ours!