We are very proud to have added Llamas to Spring Farm in the Spring of 2015 from Italy! We now have five llamas on the farm – three adult females (Suada, Mandola and Sophia), one adult male (Rosselli), two one year old male llamas (Merlin and Isaac) and one llama cria (Father Ted – when you meet him you will know why!).
The three adult females are Suada, Mandola and Sophia. They are “woolly” llamas and are very striking in their appearance. We normally (with our alpacas) use the same initial for all babies born each year, but we decided that with our llamas we would name the babies by the same initial as their mum’s. In 2018, Suada wasn’t pregnant but Mandola had a male cria who we have called Merlin. Suada’s daughter Sophia has given birth to a new baby in Summer 2019 – Father Ted.
Woolly llamas can have light, medium, or heavy fleeces (which refers to the relative abundance of fibre) with minimal locking, curl, or crimp (crimp is highly valued in alpaca fiber). Their fleece, when several inches long, shows considerable “loft,” or fluffiness, and is not as slick or shiny as silky or suri llamas.
As well as our two females, we brought in one young male: Rosselli who is a “woolly” llama. There are also silky llamas which have some curl to their hair, which is finer, shinier, and tends to form locks, with less loft to the fleece than woolly’s. Unfortunately, these characteristics seem to catch and hold more pasture debris than classic or woolly llamas, especially when they are not sheared, or only barrel sheared (a popular style), for several years. The curl and locks tend to disappear when they are cleaned and groomed for showing.
We have been training our new llama arrivals and hope to be offering walks with them down at our wet meadow by the Bluebell Railway in the near future – watch this space!! In the meantime, Rosselli is available for walks with the alpacas as are Merlin and Isaac. We normally take at least one llama on each walk so if you are particularly keen to walk a llama – please let us know.
LLAMA PRESS!!! On boxing Day 2015 Shaun the Sheep encountered some new arrivals in The Farmer’s Llamas. For a sneak view try:
And then come and visit our amazing Llamas and even take them for a walk (with or without alpacas)!