We are very proud to have added Llamas to Spring Farm in the Spring of 2015 from Italy! We now have seven llamas on the farm – two adolescent males, two adult females, two one year old females and one female cria (baby)!
The two adult females are Suada and Mandola. they are both “woolly” llamas and are very striking in their appearance. Both Suada and Mandola had crias in the late Spring of 2016 and we look forward to introducing you to Sophia and Maia. 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 2017, Suada had another female cria who we have called Skye.
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 two young males: Eron (who is a “silky” llama) and Rosselli who is a “woolly” llama. Silky llamas 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 will be offering walks with them down at our wet meadow by the Bluebell Railway in the near future – watch this space!!
If you would like to meet our new arrivals whilst at Alpaca walking with Spring Farm Alpacas just let us know.
STOP PRESS!!! On boxing Day 2015 Shaun the Sheep encountered some new arrivals in The Farmer’s Llamas. For a sneak preview try:
And then come and visit our amazing Llamas and even take them for a walk (with or without alpacas)!