Educate yourself! Spend time reading everything you can
about llamas. There are
llama publications, books and videos
available throughout the llama industry or visit your local library.
Visit as many llama farms as possible. Besides meeting
you will learn many different ways to manage
llamas along with seeing
the wide range of housing facilities.
You will learn what various breeders
are breeding for and why,
which may help you decide what style of llama you prefer.
Attend as many llama events, shows, sales and educational seminars as
possible. Join your local llama organization for fun and education.
Beware of purchasing a young llama who appears very friendly and
enjoys being around humans. If the cute little llama pushes against
you for attention or nibbles at your shirt as he follows you around the
pasture, it's a possibility that he has been over handled. This overly
friendly behavior can often develop into aggressive behavior at a later
time and become very dangerous. Become familiar with Aggressive Behavior
When buying your llama, make sure a Purchase Agreement
is signed by both the Seller and the Buyer to include all guarantees
and agreements in writing. It isn't uncommon to have a Reproductive
Guarantee or a Live Birth Guarantee with a purchase. Be certain to
know exactly what the seller's guarantee consists of and what they will do
in case a live birth does not happen or the purchase animal is not capable
of reproduction. Often a female is sold bred or with a free
breeding. What is
the guarantee if the female does not carry the cria to full term?
Requesting a pre-purchase health exam is common, particularly if you are not
familiar with the breeder or if the animal is being bought
and shipped from a distance.
Beware of auctions as a first time buyer. Know the auction house and its reputation
before you attend. Get the advice of a seasoned
breeder before buying an animal at auction.
Veterinary care is most important. Find out if there is a good veterinarian
close by that has experience working with llamas or one that is willing to
learn about llama health and husbandry.
Make sure you have the appropriate facilities for raising llamas BEFORE
you make your purchase. This should include acreage, shelter, and fencing.
Depending on what part of the country you live in, some llamas
need grain supplementation due to the lack of minerals and
vitamins in the soil. Check to see what local feed store carries llama feed.
If you live close to a city or suburb, check to make sure there
are no ordinances banning livestock from your property. Llamas
are considered Domesticated Livestock, NOT Exotic Animals.
Be Responsible! Ask yourself if llamas are for you and whether
you are willing and able to care for them.
Are You Going To Buy This Llama?
Purchasing Your First Llama
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