A 3-year-old llama came under the hammer at Manorhamilton Mart’s sheep sale on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022.
Ahead of the sale, a spokesperson for the mart described the llama as a “nicely marked” animal that is correct for breeding.
Speaking following the sale, which took place at 8 pm, a mart spokesperson told That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane:
“The llama was making €320 in the ring. However, with further negotiations outside, the final price the llama sold for was €400.”
The sale came just weeks after two male llamas changed hands at the Leitrim-based mart’s weekly sheep sale.
The two domesticated South American camelids sold for €420 and €470 on Wednesday, March 30th, 2022.
Facts on llamas:
According to a factsheet on llamas from Teagasc:
- “Completely” adaptable to the Irish climate;
- One acre of good ground can support approximately four llamas;
- Have an average life expectancy of 20-25 years;
- Do not treat them as pets; they are livestock;
- Generally, weigh 110-250kgs;
- Mature llamas stand 102-110cm at the shoulder;
- Have distinguishable curved ears;
- “Exceptional” at protecting ewes during lambing season. They “excel” at deterring foxes and dogs;
- Provide a warning at the sign of danger;
- Gestation period: 350 days;
- Females are reproductively mature by 18-24 months;
- Diet: Generally, hay or grass, concentrates and pelleted mineral supplements. Water is essential;
- Require annual vaccines and a parasite control programme – discuss with your vet;
- Trim toenails regularly and check teeth annually;
- Are “visually” dramatic – kicking, neck westing and spitting. According to Teagasc, female llamas are “usually only seen” spitting as a means of controlling other herd members;
- Agri-tourism opportunities;
- Produces luxury fibre – warm, durable, and hypoallergenic.
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