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Llama Care, Management,
The more you look for information about llamas,
the more conflicting "facts" you'll uncover. We know
-- we've been there (and still are on some subjects)! For basic
care and medical information for the average llama owner, there's
no better book than Caring For Llamas, by Claire Hoffman and
Ingrid Asmus. It's ownership is required for purchase of one
of our llamas, and it's the only book we universally recommend.
Unfortunately, much of what's in print
conflicts with other sources -- and
that's because each writer's experience, often presented as "how
it really is," is only a small piece of the big picture.
Quite frankly, there is so much to know about llamas that one
person can't experience it all. Another unfortunate problem with
much of the information available -- both in print and verbal
-- is that it is investment driven. As such, it ignores or badly
misguides the average owner, particularly those who care about
well-being of their llama friends first and foremost.
We don't expect our experiences to represent
the whole picture. Instead, we strive to do three things in our
information gathering and dispersal:
First and foremost, we measure everything
against the long-term well-being of llamas.
We look hard at everything we do in that light before proceeding
with the assumption that we are probably on the right track.
Second, we present information only on
what we are actively involved with -- general llama health, llama
behavior, and those aspects affecting selection and use of classic
performance llamas. We also state
the circumstances under which we have found something to be true,
and the obvious limitations of that item's application to another
llama, handler, or farm. What is sauce for the goose isn't always
sauce for the gander when individuals are involved -- and llamas
(and their people) are individuals.
Third, we conduct our own carefully controlled
into aspects that have not yet been
explored, and also into a number of aspects that have been minimally
investigated (complete with unsupported extrapolations) and have
come to be considered by many to be "fact." In the
case of the latter, we carefully investigate the nature of the
original research or observations, and we provide an explanation
of the limitations we uncovered therein when presenting our own
Please continue to search out information
from other sources. We don't seek to squelch what others have
to say. Even those who espouse poor or even cruel practices may
have some valuable observations that can be very useful when
applied under different circumstances. Those who care enough
about their llamas to continue seeking out more information and
making their own observations eventually find that they agree
with us more than they disagree -- and they thank us (we know
their llamas do, too).
If you've been cruising the llama sites on
the web or the association exhibits at llama functions, you've
seen a lot of these. You'll also probably find that this one
is somewhat different.
When we started our research -- two years
before the purchase of our first llama -- there was one magazine
and one book available. Then people discovered that any book
that appeared to be about llamas enjoyed hot sales around the
llama community, regardless of quality or accuracy. Now the choices
are so numerous that newcomers are overwhelmed: What is available,
which books are the ones I need, which would be nice to have,
and which aren't suitable at all for my situation? This list
can help you answer those questions!
Care and Management
When we first put up this website, nearly
all other llama sites had basic care pages, and so we decided
to concentrate on providing more difficult-to-find information
instead. However, the times (and llama sites) have changed, so
we developed this basic care page grounded in sound llama health
Visit the Llama
Web Veterinary Information Page to browse through information
related to llama medicine, list
of veterinarians with experience working on llamas, and a
of abstracts from veterinary journals.
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