WHY TO HAVE LLAMAS (NZ)
 



A lot of People in New Zealand are having a lifestyle block and don’t want the hassle with cows or horses. Llamas are gentle by nature, very intelligent and easy to look after. Even children can handle them. Llamas are a lot of fun; they are very curious and love to go for a walk with humans.

Llamas are easy to train and handle.
What you can do with them:  Fund raising, visit Resthomes, Schools, be part of the Christmas Parade, Multi Ethnic Parade etc. or just love them!

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At schools

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With children


With children



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Christmas Parade      


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Multi Ethnic Parade



At the Resthome (Christmas)



Blessing of the Animals

                     
Have fun at the beach
Llamas adapting very well to the climate in New Zealand but you have to be careful that they don’t get heat stress. That means you have to share them in Spring time. You can use the fibre for spinning, knitting and weaving. The fibre can be used also for felting.The color of the fibre is ranging from white, light beige, light brown, reddish brown, dark brown and also black,so you don’t have to dye them. Llamas are multicolored.

Llamas are native to the Andes Mountains of South America, and are mainly in Peru, Bolivia and Chile. They are extremely hardy animals. They are members of the camelid family, which includes the Dromedary and Bactrian camels of Asia, and the guanacos and vicunas of South America.  Llamas have one Baby, called a cria, after an 11-12 month gestation. Twins are very rare.

But there is also a part which is not always mentioned on other websites:
You have to collect the “Llama beans” regularly. But the beans are very good fertilizer for your Garden because the beans are not acid. Our Palms have grown up from a size of 30 cm when we bought them to large Palms in 5 years and we have to trim the branches very often. Please see picture below





 
 
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