April 2016, spring at Sutter's Mill.
A lot has changed since we arrived more than twenty years ago. We are older, and so is the ranch. Maintaining the fences, barns and pastures has become more challenging.
But our love for the critters carries us forward. Since we stopped actively breeding fifteen years ago, our llama herd has declined from more than 60 llamas to a present count of 18.
For a time we continued placing our llamas with new owners. Now, all who remain are of advanced age. They are friends and family who have been here all of their lives, a well settled community of senior citizens. The comfort and support that they receive from each other has convinced us not to offer any of them for sale.
So - we have no llamas for sale.
And the ranch is no longer available for public visits.
What follows is an archive from the past, a
web page that may give you a sense of the adventure that we enjoyed with
our critters back in the day.
While our ranch property is only five acres in size, every square foot is in use. Our pastures are fenced, cross-fenced, and linked together around our house and barns by a series of gates and catch pens. We maintain three herds: one for our females and their babies, a second for our adult males, and a third for our yearling males which is situated between the two adult herds. Our neighbors have opened their fences to us, so our llamas have a total of seventeen acres for roaming and grazing.
Each of our llamas has access to shelter from summer heat and winter rain. Fresh water and good quality grass hay are regularly available. Veterinary services are provided by Dr. David Turoff, DVM.
People sometimes ask why we go to all of the effort required to maintain a large llama herd. That's easy . . .
It's for the critters!
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