Frequently Asked Questions about Llamas
+ - What are they used for?
Uses include breeding stock, pack animals, driving animals, wool production, therapy, pets and companions to young and old alike.
+ -Are they intelligent?
Llamas are intelligent and easy to train. In just a few repetitions, they will pick up and retain many behaviors such as accepting halter, being led, loading in and out of a vehicle, pulling a cart or carrying a pack. They are highly intuitive, which is one reason why they interact so well with people that are impaired. Their intuitiveness seems to lower the stress level in others. Their unique intelligence is what attracts humans. They are not subservient as a dog would be, but are capable of linking a relationship between llama and human that enriches our lives. Llamas tend to bring out the best in children, helping them to understand about patience and tolerance and responsibility. Those of us owning llamas for the right reasons have enriched our lives by their mere presence.
+ - Can you use their fiber?
Llama fiber is lanolin-free, lightweight, warm and luxurious, also very popular with spinners. It has a greater thermal warmth than sheep wool. Many people allergic to wool are not allergic to llama fiber.
+ - Are they good pack animals?
Llamas are excellent packers. They can carry 50-100 pounds, but are not ridden except by children. Their two-toed foot with its leathery bottom pad gives great surefootedness. This foot, and the llama's ability to browse, give the llama an impact on the environment equivalent to that of a large deer. With this in mind, they are highly regarded by the US Forest Service.
+ - What and how much do they eat?
Llamas are modified ruminants with a three-compartment stomach. They chew their cud like cattle and sheep. Because of a relatively low protein requirement (about 12%), due to their efficient digestive system, they can be kept on a variety of pastures or hay. They also eat grain and usually require a free-choice vitamin/mineral mix. They are grazers like sheep and browsers like deer.
+ - What is their personality like?
These highly social animals need the companionship of their species. Independent yet shy, llamas are gentle and curious. Their calm nature and common sense make them easy for anyone, even children, to handle.
+ - What sounds do they make?
Llamas communicate with a series of ear, body and tail postures, as well as a shrill alarm call and a humming sound.
+ - Do they spit?
Spitting is the llamas way of saying "BUG OFF!" Spitting is normally used only among llamas to divert annoying suitors, ward off a perceived threat or, most commonly, to establish a pecking order at mealtime. An occasional llama who has been forced to tolerate excessive human handling may have developed an intolerance for or fear of humans, will spit if it feels threatened by them.
+ - Miscellaneous Information
Llamas are compatible with most agricultural operations and require little space. They are clean, gentle, intelligent, attractive and quiet. They make a soft humming sound to communicate.
Their droppings are odorless and make excellent fertilizer. Llamas don't bark, bite or have fleas!
+ - Where can I get more information?
You can find books, tapes, email groups and many other educational sites in our link section, check back frequently as we are always adding new information. We would also be very happy to extend an invitation to the ranch to further educate and answer any questions you might have.
+ - Housing
Llamas adapt to varying climates with some assistance. They need shelter from cold, blowing rain or snow in winter and shade with circulating fans in the summer. Their shelter can vary from a three sided shelter to as big as a barn - - depending on the number of llamas and if you are breeding and having to protect newborns. You will need electricity in their shelter for fans and lights for your convenience.
+ - Fencing
Llamas do very well with four to five foot fences - horse wire, board fences, New Zealand, and electric fences are just fine, but no barbed wire.
+ - Transporting
Llamas usually sit down within the first mile and remain in a kushed position until you have reached your destination. They can be transported in a minivan as well as enclosed horse trailers.
Please travel through our web site. You will pick up many interesting points. We have an outstanding herd. Most of our breeding stock have been Grand Champions and produced consistently numerous Grand Champions. Our prices at Pearson Pond are very competitive and extremely reasonable for the quality we provide. The Pearson Pond Ranch has an exceptional reputation for standing behind our animals and we are one of the leading ranches for educational clinics and we specialize in the education of new and interested buyers.
Please check into our web site frequently. We are always changing and adding information. We want this site to be dynamic and full of valuable information for the new and veteran llama owners.
Remember, once you have discovered these wonderful animals, you cannot imagine life without them.
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