Storey's Guide to Raising Llamas: Care, Showing, Breeding, Packing, Profiting

Storey's Guide to Raising Llamas: Care, Showing, Breeding, Packing, Profiting

by Gale Birutta


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Discover the joys of raising llamas! Whether you’re interested in profitably harvesting their fleece or using them as livestock guardians, this comprehensive guide provides everything you need to know to keep healthy and happy llamas. With expert advice on breeding, facilities, shearing, training, showing, and health care, Storey’s Guide to Raising Llamas also includes tips on creating a viable business plan and marketing your own fiber products. Save on veterinary costs, increase your self-sufficiency, and successfully care for a thriving and productive herd of llamas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580173285
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 01/05/1997
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 665,129
Product dimensions: 8.92(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Author Gale Birutta is a llama breeder and owner. She developed the Guardian Llama Placement Program, which utilizes llamas as guards for sheep, goats, poultry, and other livestock. In addition to her book, Storey’s Guide to Raising Llamas, 2nd Edition, Birutta has written articles for magazines such as New England Farmer, New England Country Folks, and Agriview. She and her husband live in Vermont.

Table of Contents


Part One: Getting Started

1 Introduction to Llamas

2 Buying Your First Llama

3 Nutrition and Feeding

4 Facilities and Equipment

5 Health

6 The Herd Site

7 The Dam

8 Crias and Young Llamas

9 Breeding, Genetics, and Herd Management

Part Two: Llamas as a Business

10 Starting and Building Your Business

11 Showing

12 Packing

13 Fleece

14 Organic Fertilizer

15 Livestock Guardians

Postscript:To Always Have Llamas


Appendix A: Associations and Organizations

Appendix B: Suppliers

Appendix C: Other Resources



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Storey's Guide to Raising Llamas: Care, Showing, Breeding, Packing, Profiting 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
wesh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everything you need to know to develop a basic understanding of what will be required of you should you choose to begin raising llamas. This book covers choosing and raising llamas, the habitats you will need to create, medical concerns, and plenty of first-person lore.
Sptdrm More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the book. Material covered all the aspects and was understandable and interesting.
3Horses More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my mom for Christmas and she loves it. She says it very informative. It sounds like it has pretty much everything you'd ever need to know about getting a llama and keeping one. I'll be reading it next!