What's New !!!

Recent changes to the website

10.02.2017

We welcome three exciting new llamas to our herd!

Lost Creek Cinder was born March 6, 2017. She has her mom's height and excellent Classic coat, and her dad's brains — can't get much better than that! We expect to retain her as a breeder thanks to the acquisition of ...

Duke and Longmire, two yearling stud prospects whose packing-lineage genes are an outcross from our own stock. These two energetic Classic males arrived from Wyoming in late September. We expect to enjoy many miles with them on the trail and also anticipate offering them at stud — once they've matured. For now, it's all pasture fun and games spiced with brief but engaging lesson times.

In other news ...

Klahowya's sale fell through, and between Duke's and Longmire's then-pending acquisition and the fact that we were increasingly conflicted about selling her anyway, we are keeping her for our breeding herd.

We have a number of females bred for 2018 babies, and another Oregon breeder has an equal number of females bred to one of our studs (Troubadour). Some will be retained for evaluation as possible replacement breeders, but others won't, and once they're available, they'll go FAST. Jump in our "waiting pool" NOW, and let us know you're serious — we like detailed information about your and your set-up, and we also like to talk with prospective buyers during a visit to our farm. We place llamas with people they respond to and "sync" with ... not the first people with money.

Retirement from "those OTHER jobs" is drawing ever closer — 2018 will be the year!. We'll definitely be spending more time with our llamas and Fjords, and we're looking forward to getting into the backcountry much, much more (our farm sitter's bank account will benefit a LOT). Another focus will be finally getting the website all into one format and information updated as may be appropriate — look for that during winter 2018/2019. We will increase the number of llamas produced (and thus available for sale), but only somewhat — quality over quantity is still what we're about.

Finally, we're hearing more and more that "someone" has been telling people we are "out of llamas" and "not doing llamas anymore" ... and that people shouldn't bother contacting us. Apparently this has been going on for a number of years now, and based on the amount of inquiries we are still getting, it's not working very well ... but we have to wonder just how bad IS the problem with, um, "someone" and their llamas (and guarantees?) for ANYone to even feel the need to come up with that line. After all, we don't have a llama factory going here, and thus our sales numbers are already quite limited ... hmmmmmmm ...

 

10.08.2016

We've reluctantly said goodbye to Kokanee, euthanized at 23.5 years. Fortunately her decline was short and we were able to manage her discomfort, and we gave her lots of scritches (as always) until the end.

 

09.25.2016

Two new faces! Miranda and Fiona have joined the herd as prospective breeding females, bringing both mostly unrelated packing bloodlines and amusing outlooks on life.

 

08.15.2016

We welcome Lost Creek Ranger Arikaree! Our lone 2016 baby, now coming up on two months of age, is a brainy, well-adjusted charmer. Oh, and her paint job is definitely something else!

We've said our goodbyes to Megan.

After three additional attempts (and failures) to purchase a breeding-quality Norwegian Fjord filly or mare, we've struck paydirt in a big way. Welcome, Winny (registered name BDF Winifred)!!! Winny not only has an exceptionally pleasant, willing disposition and a fine working resume of her own, but her immediate kin are also the kind of working athletes with stellar dispositions that we seek. We expect to begin offering Norwegian Fjord foals for sale beginning in 2019, but first we'll be evaluating Winny in great depth so we can select the stallion who will best compliment her.

 

02.26.2016

Farm improvements — After seeing how much hay (and money) NibbleNets® saved us with the horses (as well as keeping their shelter area super-tidy), we began gradually installing them for the llamas. WOW!!! NibbleNets® have made our llamas happier and slimmer! Both equids and camelids spend huge portions of their days seeking out and munching wisps of forage in their natural state. Piles of hay just aren't natural ... and if fed little enough to prevent excessive weight gain, these grazers get bored-bored-bored ... and more than a bit anxious and uptight due to inability to follow their instincts to be busy eating. The NibbleNets® allow the same amount of hay to last MUCH longer, keep it up off the ground (away from mud, parasites, and fungi), and go a long way towards preventing choke (yes, aggressively-feeding llamas and horses can choke on loose hay). Although the horses naturally sort-of share their NibbleNets® (there's one per horse, but they prefer to feed together), we're also seeing a marked decline in food aggression among the llamas since putting up the NibbleNets®

For the llamas, we use the "Picnic Plus" with the smallest (1.25") openings; for the Fjords, we use the "Double Nibble", 6" deep, also with the smallest (1.25") openings. Rationing the llamas' hay is still necessary, but the small-opening NibbleNets® coupled with 24/7 turnout on bare-ground track paddock means we can keep hay available for the horses at all times — even the super-easy-keeper Fjords remain at a healthy weight.