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Hi Trl Miranda


ILR # 288648

female  b. 08-16-2015

Hi Trl Commander Spock x BBR Malinda

Miranda is an energetic and independent young llama, but also very amenable to interacting with humans. We both appreciate Miranda, and it would seem that her self-direction is going to result in her sharing us.

Miranda is one of the last llamas produced from Al Ellis's core keeper herd, and is going to be very tall by our standards, likely one of the two tallest llamas in our breeding herd if not the tallest. Unlike far too many llamas bred to be tall, Miranda's sire and dam were also selected with equal emphasis on soundness and working ability. As a result, Miranda herself is quite the athlete.

In addition to Miranda's athleticism and excellent boldness and working disposition, her coat density is low, her sire is sound and energetic at 19 years of age, and her dam has aged extremely well, maintaining excellent pasterns and structural integrity while producing 14 healthy offspring in her 21 years. Even though Miranda does not have as much guard hair and seasonal shedding as we select for and her gaits are just "OK" by our standards, her many excellent traits all compensate more than enough for having to "breed up" those drawbacks. In addition, Miranda brings our breeding herd an injection of genetic diversity.

We expect that Miranda and Lost Creek Ranger Scioty — whose traits counter Miranda's few phenotypic drawbacks while maintaining her essential working attributes — will result in some fine offspring, many of which we plan to offer for sale to the pack llama community someday (we won't breed Miranda until at least spring 2020). We'll also be selecting and retaining one or two of Miranda's best for our next generation breeding stock as well.

Miranda loves "llama cookies" to a fault, earning her the nickname "Cookie Monster".

Sondra Ellis liked to name their llamas by themes; for females, she often selected names that began with the same letter as their dams. In our experience, this often results in a mismatch between name and llama. However, after finding out the meaning is "admirable and wonderful", we knew "Miranda" did fit perfectly!