Considerations for Llama Buyers
- Make it your business to know who you are dealing with. Ask around and listen to what you are told.
- Realize that while many breeders won't tell you that another breeder is practicing questionable ethics, but will try to steer you to those breeders who they know to be ethical.
- Stop, Look, and Listen. What does the way the breeder keep his barn and pastures tell you? Do his animals look healthy and happy? Does the breeder make you feel stupid for asking questions? Does the breeder freely share names of other breeders where you might go to look? The answer to these questions will tell you all you need to know to make a wise and informed choice!
- Never be afraid to ask questions! Many people find themselves where they would rather not be because they were afraid of seeming stupid by asking too many questions. If the person won't answer your questions, perhaps you would be better off buying from someone else.
- Take you time. You are considering making a major purchase and the time to avoid shopping mistakes is now! It is not and never has been the sellers responsibility to be sure that you get just what you want. State your needs loud and clear!
- Do not rely on the seller to take care of transportation, without verifying that you are comfortable with the manner in which your animal will be transported! Remember, unless the contract specifies otherwise, you have the right to arrange for the transportation that suits you, since you will be paying for it!
- Prepare your facilities and line up your vet ahead of time. It's terribly unfair to move your new animals into facilities that aren't suitable, or to have no one on call if they should become ill, or have an accident!
- Find a mentor, someone that you can call with questions.
- Don't try chasing the trends. Purchase and breed the type of llamas that YOU like.
- Purchase from a breeder that, if a problem occurs, you are sure will work with you and will be available and willing to help you.
- Llamas are herd-oriented animals and do better with at least one of their own kind. A pair of geldings, females, or a gelding and a female are a good start!
- Always have an open mind to adjust to any situation or new concept in caring for these wondrous creatures. Everyone has a different way of managing their herd, but keep in mind that what works for one person, may not work for you, or be comfortable for you.
- Be ready and willing to take full responsibility and spend time with the living, beautiful soul that has been entrusted to your care.
- Observe llamas, i.e., at shows, at farms, etc. Join a group or a site and talk to people who own llamas to get a feel and obtain knowledge for them before you buy any.
- DO NOT BE TALKED INTO BUYING A BOTTLE-FED CRIA. Never, never, ever, ever intentionally bottle-feed a baby. There are rare cases where there is a problem and you have to, but never do it to make the baby friendlier. This can, and often does, result in behavior problems later.
15 Questions To Ask Llama Breeders When You Visit Their Ranches
#2 - What do You feed your llamas? Why? What type of grain, if any? What type of mineral supplement, if any? What type of Hay?
#3 - How often do you de-worm? What wormers do you use? What types of vaccinations do you give/ How often?
#4 - Have you bottle-fed any animals? Why or why not? Under what circumstances would you bottle feed a baby?
#5 - How do you handle a weak or premature cria? Do you have colstrum on hand? Plasma on hand?
#6 - Are all of your llamas registered? Do you blood type your llamas? Do you microchip or tattoo your llamas?
#7 - Do you insure your llamas?
#8 - What types of guarantees come with your breeding animals? Your pet quality animals?
#9 - What comes with a llama bought at your ranch? (Halter, lead, etc.). What type of medical records come with your llamas? How frequent weight recordings, etc.
#10 - What types of precautions do you take against heat stress?
#11 - What type of marketing and promotion of your llamas do you do?
#12 - What does the breeder see as the strengths and weakness of the llama(s) you are interested in?
Observations To Make While You Are Visiting
- Is the ranch neat and clean?
- Are the animals well-cared for?
- Do the animals respond positively to the owners?
- Do the llamas seem happy?
- Do you have a good feeling about the place and the owners?
We welcome visitors by appointment , call or write
Jack and Tracy Pearson:
Pearson Pond Ranch & Llama Co.
242 Llama Lane (Charles Lane), #6017
Ellijay, GA 30540
Phone: (706) 276-3658
Fax: (706) 276-3680