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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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3-year-old llama makes €400 at Manorhamilton

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.

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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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