Part One: Getting Started
1. Introduction to Llamas
2. Buying Your First Llama
3. Nutrition and Feeding
4. Facilities and Equipment
6. The Heard Sire
7. The Dam
8. Crias and Young Llamas
9. Breeding Genetics and Herd Management
Part Two: Llamas as a Business
10. Starting and Building Your Business
14. Organic Fertilizer
15. Livestock Guardians
Postscript: To Always Have Llamas
Appendix A: Associations and Organizations
Appendix B: Supplies
Appendix C: Other Resources
About the Author
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Excerpt from Foreword
The llama industry has enjoyed considerable growth in the past two decades. With this influx of new llama owners comes the need for a practical guide. Most books on the subject of llamas assume that you already own one; the don't consider the many people who want to know how to get started with these delightful animals - and what to do with them once they've brought them home. That's where this book comes in.
This guide will take you from your first steps in acquiring a llama through all aspects of its care. You'll discover numerous business opportunities and learn how to manage market and expand your enterprise. If you want to breed llamas you'll learn how to recognize a top sire and where to advertise his services.
I'd like to extend a welcome to the wonderful world of llamas. These playful animals will enchant you with their antics. Their docile tranquil nature will ease away your tensions. Llamas provide a host of business opportunities whether your interest lies in breeding fiber production pack expeditions or even marketing fertilizer. Llamas are excellent guard animals that stand sentinel over your other livestock. They make terrific 4-H projects. As companions their therapeutic benefits are well known. And if you keep llamas as pets well your children will pass countless hours enjoying them (and so will you).
It's easy to fall in love with these remarkable animals: Who could resist those enormous trusting eyes? Once you fall under their spell you'll be entranced for life just as I am.
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