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A Judge’s View

A Judge’s View By Pam Jensen, ALSA Level II Judge Reprinted from Llamas of Minnesota, January 2005 Hello fellow llama lovers!! To take from a popular seasonal story, “we all settled in for a long winter’s nap….” Don’t know about your farm, but we are definitely all tucked in for a long winter’s nap. Winter …

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A Judge’s View- Suri

A Judge’s View By Pam Jensen, ALSA Judge Reprinted by Lamas of Minnesota (July 2004) What is the suri class all about? First of all, we need to define what a “suri” llama is. The term suri refers to the type of fiber structure the llama has. In order to be classes as a suri …

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A Llama Story

What do you do with a llama? LASC member Lily Sullivan has an unusual answer… Brombies are the wild horses of Australia, the equivalent of the mustang of America. The BROMBIES LIVE! at the SPITTING LLAMAS BLUEGRASS BAR is a group lead by my daughter-in-law’s brother. When Kathy and my oldest son, Richard, were visiting …

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All that Fiber

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Are You Ready for Summer?

Are You Ready for Summer? (a.k.a. Have You Sheared Your Llama/Alpaca Yet ?) David E Anderson, D.V.M., MS Farm Animal Section College of Veterinary Medicine The Ohio State University   I am out working with the teaching herd with a few of my students. I notice that we are very comfortable but that a few …

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Collar that Llama

Reprinted from LANA News If you ever go packing overnight, your llama will, of course, be tethered in some fashion near your campsite. However, even if you don’t own a pack and never hike further than from the house to the barn, your llamas could still benefit from knowing how to negotiate a picket line. …

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Facilities Needs: Fencing and Layout

New to Llamas? Facilities Needs: Fencing and Layout By Nelson Leonard Reprinted from Lamas of Minnesota, July 2004 While I was holding two geldings that I sold for $1000 so the buyer could put in $6000 worth of fencing, it occurred to me that I could make a great deal more money by giving away …

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Fiber Arts without Spinning

Fiber Arts without Spinning Dianne Howe with Marsha Novak Now that the shearing is finished and you have properly stored all your wonderful fiber, are you wondering what to do with it? If you do not spin, don’t despair. There are actually quite a few things that non-spinners can do with raw and carded fiber. …

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Getting Fiber Ready for Market

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Heads and Halters

Heads and Halters Alpaca and Llama Training – by Cathy Spalding        Much has been written, discussed, designed and manufactured when it comes to “head gear” for llamas and alpacas. As long as one can get the nose through and buckle it about the crown, it should work… or does it? A llama or alpaca …

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Intestinal Parasite Control Program

Intestinal Parasite Control Program Camelid Health Program Veterinary Teaching Hospital The Ohio State University Produced by Claire Whitehead BVM&S MRCVS and David E. Anderson DVM MS DACVS Reprinted from Lincolnland Lama News, March 2004 General Recommendation Every worming program should be tailored specifically to the individual farm: no one policy is going to be appropriate …

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Rabies Prevention in Livestock

Rabies Prevention in Livestock Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet Veterinary Preventive Medicine 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210 VME-1-97 William Shulaw, D.V.M. Randall E. James, Ph.D.   Rabies is a viral disease of the central nervous system of mammals. The infection creates a progressive inflammation of the brain. In the United States, the primary …

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Transport Your Llama Safely

Transport Your Llama Safely By Melinda Van Bossuyt Reprinted from The Llama Lletter, July/August 2004 Summer is here. [Or, in southern California, autumn is here, promising cooler weather.] It is time to pack up the gear and the llamas and drive to the trailhead. What do you use to haul your llamas? Trough the years …

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West Nile Virus – Valley Fever

New product offers protection from West Nile Virus Submitted by Sharon Watson From the San Diego County Farm Bureau Newsletter, April 2005 SDCFB’s Rural Health and Safety board member, Dick Beckstead, recently announced the availability of a new insect repellant designed to protect humans [and llamas?] from exposure to mosquitoes that might transmit West Nile …

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West Nile Virus and the California Lama Community

West Nile Virus and the California Lama Community Linda Byer, DVM, MS April 21, 2003 A Brief Description of the Natural History of the West Nile Virus West Nile virus appeared in this country in the fall of 1999, coming in through New York and subsequently spreading throughout the country.  As of late 2002, the …

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West Nile Virus Vaccination in Llamas and Alpacas

West Nile Virus Vaccination in Llamas and Alpacas Robert J. Callan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM Department of Clinical Sciences Colorado State University March 13, 2004 We have received numerous inquiries regarding how to prepare for West Nile Virus (WNV) in 2004 and specifically, how to approach vaccination from the standpoint of safety, efficacy, and economics. …

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What Does it Take to Win in the Show Ring?

What Does it Take to Win in the Show Ring? By Donley Gardner Diamond Oaks Llamas, Dangerfield, TX Reprinted from L.A.M.A.S. News, May 2003 (previously in Llamas of Minnesota, October 2002) Wining in the show ring is what most of us who show strive for. What does it take to win? The most obvious answer …

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Working with LAMA Fiber

Working With LAMA (llama & alpaca) Fiber: Skirting the Fleece   by Karen Rose, Rosebud Fiber Studio   After shearing and before processing or storing your fiber, it must be skirted and picked.   What does skirting mean? Skirting is a term from the preparation of sheep wool. It means taking off the dirty edges. …

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