Over coming months I plan to draft a virtual book entitled A Guide to Llamas and Llama Husbandry.  This book does not attempt to duplicate or compete with some of the excellent works already out there, penned by experts in breeding, specialists in veterinary medicine, etc. with far more knowledge and experience than I. However, by bridging what exists on the World Wide Web it aims to provide a comprehensive one-stop shop on llamas and llama husbandryOriginally, my plan had been to encourage collaborative involvement of fellow members of the British Llama Society but given the lack of responses to my invite on their Facebook site, welcome any individual to comment, contribute, etc. The Contents list below outlines the structure and content. Some of these headings are hyperlinked to current drafts.

Contents

Introduction – need for good practical guide, position within published literature

Llama Basics  

     Basic Anatomy & Physiology

     Uses and Activities – Meat, Guarding, Fleece, Manure, etc.

     TypesArgentine, Classic, Tampuli, Silkies, Suri, Minis

     Conformation

Acquiring Stock

          Notes on Import/Export

Behaviour and Training

Husbandry      

      Housing

      Feeding and Nutrition Requirements inc. Supplements

      Paddock Management

                    Soil preparation – Drainage, Harrowing, Rolling, Slitting, Sub Soiling

                   Herbage - Seed Selection, Seeding, Fertilizing, Cutting/Topping/Hay Making

                   Paddock Rotation

                  Weed Control

                  Fencing & Housing

                  Poo collection

      Health Care 

                General

                Body Scoring

                Hoof Trimming,  Shearing, etc.

               Castration

Illness and Diseases

               Parasites and their control   

Llama Standards, Showing and Judging

    Some initial thoughts on the UK scene

Llama Breeding and Reproduction

    Embryo Transfer (part of a presentation file)

Further Information

    Bibliography (in chronological order) For a subject bibliographies click here

    Llamas and the World Wide Web

    Reflections on a Llama Mission to the US

Appendices

   Some useful weblinks