I am often asked, "What do you do with llamas?"
If it's a nice day and llamas are in the back pasture....I'll lay right down in the grass with them and stare at the sky.
Our llamas are trained to walk nicely wearing a halter and lead rope. It's wonderful to take a hike on our trails, or down the road, with them. Their toes are very gentle on the land and they are such quiet animals, that walking with them is almost meditative. We offer private llama walks.
We show some of our llamas at the BIG E Llama Show in Springfield, MA every September. We compete in halter classes, as well as obstacle (think dog agility) and PR (therapy) classes. Great fun!
We have groups of adults with developmental disabilities come to the farm, weekly. I segued my 15+ years of volunteer work with my therapy dogs to the llamas. Llamas are gentle and patient and great for programs with our groups from Living Resources and Schenectady ARC.
Education - 4H clubs and Scout troops come for educational field trips. We teach about everything from herd health to what we do with our llama fiber.
Mentoring - I am always happy to meet with people considering adding llamas to their lives, or to meet with people new to llamas who might need a little help.
Teri shears the llamas each spring to keep them cool for the summer. She spins some their fiber into yarn and sends the rest to a mill to be made into yarn. The money she makes helps to pay for the llamas' care.
On occasion we will take our llamas to summer camps, fiber festivals, and other events. Our favorite is the live nativity at our local church. Watch the video made by our friend (and banjo player) Joe Saba of Zaza Interactive.
Llamas are a lot of fun. They're interesting, curious, and always up for an adventure!