This is one of those "where did the summer go?" posts. Time to get the heated water buckets out and make sure the llama coats are clean and in good repair, and enjoy the beautiful days. We're back posting on the blog, Instagram was fun but it got out of hand.
We are SO looking forward to green grass and warmer weather, and maybe not so much wind. Just blue skies and sunshine and some gentle rains. That's not too much to ask, is it? I've been getting calls asking about shearing, and while I do llama shearing, and I'm especially glad to shear those guard llamas, there are always some llamas that are too far away or for some reason I can't get to in time, so here's some llama shearers in the Front Range area. Top Knot Shearing 970-590-4532 Judy Glaser303-646-6311
While you're waiting for spring, have fun with these playing cards. Each one has instructions for tying useful knots. Every card has a different knot, and one may save your life, or your llama. Or knot. Available from us here.
Time to bring this up again, because we get questions. Does my llama need a coat? Llamas have a God-given winter coat already, don't they? Why would they need an artificial coat? It's true that llamas have a splendid covering of hair or wool or fleece. (I've heard it called fur, as well. Technically, it's hair) Classic llamas are blessed with a warm undercoat and an outer layer of guard hair. This is a great system for keeping warm in the winter and cool in the summer. (the undercoat sheds out in the spring) Even woolly llamas, who generally need to be shorn to keep cool for the summer) usually grow enough hair back to stay warm. The fact is, most llamas do not need to wear a coat. Llama wool is naturally very insulating, and a blanket tends to compress their wool, which reduces its insulating properties. Shelter from the wind and snow, good bedding, and good hay are most important in cold weather for keeping llamas warm. Eating forages generates heat through the digestion of long fibers of hay. Feeding free choice hay during extremely cold weather will help your llamas stay warm. (Alfalfa is excellent for older llamas.) If your llama is old and thin, or was shorn late in the season and hasn't grown enough wool, then a blanket is a great idea. Lightweight blankets won't compress the llama's own coat, and add a layer to trap warm air.