BOOKS, VIDEOTAPES, MAGAZINES & ONLINE RESOURCES ABOUT LLAMAS & ALPACAS
Because the North American llama and alpaca industry is relatively new, there is still much to learn. Many people have shared their ideas and observations, often through self-publishing. Bear in mind that some of the information in the publications listed below may have already become outdated, and that some things presented as fact may be vigorously disputed by other llama fanciers. Inclusion in this list is not an endorsement, nor is exclusion a critique. This list may not be complete or completely up to date. To find out about new publications, watch for ads (particularly classifieds) and reviews in the magazines. Publications for children, humor books, software, and out-of-print items are not included, for reasons of space. Phone numbers are included when the vendors are known to accept phone orders, usually with a credit card. Please add sales tax if you order within the state where you live. Prices for orders from outside North America may be higher.
BOOKS AND BOOKLETS
Anderson, Barbara. Llama Babies: Up, Dry and Nursing. 6138 Inwood Lane South, Salem, OR 97306. $16.95 postpaid. 182 pp, 70 black & white photos. Tells the story of the first 60 crias born at the Anderson farm. In addition, there are sidebars addressing topics such as vocabulary.
Barkman, Betty and Paul, Image of a Well-Trained Llama: A Trainer’s Guide. Pine Grove Publ. Co., PO Box 309, Pine Grove, CA 95665. (209) 296-8043. $24.00 + shipping. Many photos. Third edition, step-by-step directions geared for novice trainers and advanced techniques for more experienced trainers.
Beattie, Dr. Linda C. and Cathy Crisman, Making the Most of Your Llama. 2nd ed; PO Box 323, Kalama, WA 98625. $17.95, 1998. 64pp. A general handbook plus a section on ground driving.
Birutta, Gale, A Guide to Raising Llamas. 152 Heath Brook Rd., Groton, VT 50546. (802) 584-3198. $18.40 postpaid. 304 pp, 100 illus. Storey Publ. (formerly Garden Way). "This book serves as a complete guide from purchasing to the show ring and marketing. Written for both the novice and experienced owner."
Bodington, Helen, Llama Training on Your Own: Step by Step Instructions. Polite Pets, 697 Fawn Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. 1986. $20.00 postpaid. "Detailed instructions for catching, haltering, desensitizing, kushing, leading & more. Special emphasis on training alone."
Boyhan, Janet & Linda Herring, Llama Packing Cookbook. Mt. Baker Llama Owners, Box 28753, Bellingham, WA 98228. $7.50 postpaid. 64 pp. “The authors have compiled an impressive variety of 50+ trail-tested recipes, from many sources, that can be prepared at home then dehydrated or frozen before taking out on the trail.”
Brown, Mike, Aunt Millie’s Guide to Llama Fiber: A Primer on Llama Fleece Preparation and its Use. Mike Brown, HCR 74, Box 22628, El Prado, NM 87529. $14.00 postpaid. This entertaining and informative book covers all phases of working with llama fiber from growing it to shearing, processing, grading the fleece, working with a commercial processor and marketing. The book has a detailed index which is very helpful.
Burt, Sandi, Llamas: An Introduction to Care, Training, and Handling. Alpine Publications. $20.45 postpaid from LLasa LLama Ranch and Farm Supply, 11554 Rough & Ready Rd., Rough & Ready, CA 95975. (800) 230- 5262. 190-page introduction to llamas, with photos, graphs, lists. Acquisition, care, housing, feed, shelter, grooming, exhibiting, breeding, health.
Calle Escobar, Rigoberto, Animal Breeding and Production of American Camelids. Lima, Peru, 1984. Available from Clay Press Pubs., PO Box 250, Pioneer, CA 95642 (1-877-CAMELID). $39.75 postpaid. 358 pages with charts, sketches and photos. Translated from Spanish. In three parts: General Information about Camelids, Alpaca Management, and Alpaca Improvement and Productivity.
Chlarson, Nancy A., Llama Driving 101. Quality Llama Products, 33217 Bellinger Scale Rd., Lebanon, OR 97355. (800) 638-4689. $11.50 postpaid. 18-page booklet on training your llama to drive.
Daugherty, Stanlynn, Packing with Llamas. Pine Grove Publ. Co., PO Box 309, Pine Grove, CA 95665. (209)
296-8043. $24.00 + shipping. Fourth edition, 1999; 250 pages, illus. A comprehensive introduction to llama packing, covering selection and care of llamas, training for the trail, equipment, on the trail, etc. Includes pack bag pattern and backcountry recipes.
Evans, C. Norman, DVM, LAMA Wellness Service Book, 810 Dodson Lane, Madisonville, KY 42431. (502) 821-7993. $23.00 postpaid. 92 pages. Compilation of articles on all aspects of lama health including drug dosage/administration charts, blood profile and chemistry normal value charts, cria care and much more.
Fowler, Murray E., DVM, Medicine and Surgery of South American Camelids: Llama, Alpaca, Vicuna, Guanaco. Iowa State Univ. Press, 2121 S. State Ave, Ames, IA 50010. 515-292-0140. 2nd ed. 1998. $104.95 postpaid (IA residents include sales tax). This 526-page textbook and reference for veterinarians will be of interest to many llama breeders as well. Written by one of the best-known llama veterinary researchers. With over 500 photos, plus drawings and tables. Health care, disease treatment, surgical procedures, anatomy, physiology, conformation, emergency care and a chapter on reproduction co-authored with Dr. P. Walter Bravo.
Franklin, Dr. William L., and Kelly J. Powell, Guard Llamas. Iowa State University, Extension Distribution Center, 119 Printing and Publications Bldg, Ames, IA 50011. Price 75 cents postpaid. Informative 12- page booklet on using llamas to guard sheep.
Gahlot, T.K. (ed), Selected Topics on Camelids. The Camelid Publishers, 67, Gandhi Nagar West, Near Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner 334001 India. 2000. $180 US postpaid. 600+ pages, 336 figures and 68 tables. This book contains 18 chapters on the dromedary camel and 3 each on Bactrian camels and South American camelids. Contributors include Dr. Murray Fowler, Rueben Rose, Ahmed Tibany and T.K. Gahlot.
Harmon, David, and Amy S. Rubin, Llamas on the Trail, A Packer's Guide, 1993. Mountain Press Publishing Company, PO Box 2399, Missoula, MT 59806. $15.00. Two very experienced llama packers and writers thoroughly discuss llama packing, with photos.
Hart, Rosana, Living with Llamas: Tales from Juniper Ridge. Juniper Ridge Press, 713 W. Spruce #89, Deming, NM 88030. (800) 869-7342. Third edition, 1987. $13.95 postpaid. 192 pages. A personal account of one couple's llama adventures, with photos and information woven into the story.
Hart, Rosana. Llamas for Love and Money. Juniper Ridge Press, 713 W. Spruce #89, Deming, NM 88030. (800) 869- 7342. 1994, $16.95 postpaid. Includes interviews with llama owners, care, breeding, birthing, buying and selling, alpacas, commercial llama packing, side businesses. With photos.
Hoffman, Clare, DVM, and Ingrid Asmus, Caring for Llamas & Alpacas: A Health and Management Guide. Rocky Mountain Llama and Alpaca Association, RMLA Bookstore, 17190 W. 57th Pl., Golden, CO 80403-1113. Second edition, 1996. $27.95 postpaid. 167 pages. A comprehensive manual of llama and alpaca care. Covers basic care and management, diseases and treatments, poisonous plants. Troubleshooting charts for identifying emergencies. Detailed illustrations.
Hoffman, Eric The Complete Alpaca Book. To be published October 2002. $89.95 + shipping. Call (831) 426-8649 or email email@example.com. 250+ pages. Topics include prehistory, behavior, fiber, diet, conformation, husbandry, genetics, reproduction, transportation and veterinary management.
Holmquist, Wes, Classic 2000 Directory. The Llama Connection, PO Box 211, Pocatello, ID 3204.(800)398- 0832. $25.95. 136pp. Lists llamas in Holmquist's registry for pack llamas, and includes booklets on conformation and llama packing.
Hubbard, Sharon, The (Mis)adventures of the Llamas at Hunter Hill. Illus. by Cheryl Ryberg. Hunter Hill, 985 15th Road, Lyons, KS 67554. $12.45 postpaid per single copy; 2+ copies $10.50 each postpaid. 84 pgs; soft cover. “Finally, a book about llamas doing the funny, heartwarming, and magical things that all llamas do naturally. This beautifully illustrated book will delight animal lovers of all ages. Readers who have never met a llama will discover why these unique and gentle creatures are so special.”
Ingram, Gwen, Evaluating a Llama Pack for Comfort and Function. Lost Creek Llamaprints, 81894 Lost Creek Rd., Dexter, OR 97431. $5.95 each plus $1.50 shipping for 1 copy, $2.25 for 2 copies, $3.00 for 3-10 copies. "A comprehensive and detailed analysis of how to evaluate and select a comfortable pack system for your llama that will function well for you. Also explains proper procedures for fitting and using any llama pack. Clear line drawings augment the 27 pages of carefully presented text."
Ingram, Gwen, The Waldo Chronicles--A Training Log. Lost Creek Llamaprints, 81894 Lost Creek Rd., Dexter, OR 97431. $10.95 each plus $1.50 shipping for 1 copy, $3.00 for 2-10 copies. "The true story of an untrained, unwanted llama's transformation into a valued companion, show partner, and packer. Useful training techniques and information are woven throughout the thoroughly enjoyable tale. Includes 30 black-and-white photographs."
James, M. Brandon, Fifty Things to do with a Llama. Pine Grove Publ.Co., PO Box 309, Pine Grove, CA 95665. (209) 296-8043. $8.50 + shipping. Booklet with engaging illustrations depicting llama-related activities.
James, M. Brandon, Wonderful World of Alpacas. Pine Grove Publ.Co., PO Box 309, Pine Grove, CA 95665.
(209) 296-8043. $8.50 + shipping. 52 pgs. “A great introductory item for your new customers, or an easy read for your favorite child”.
Johnson, LaRue W., DVM, PhD, Editor, Llama Medicine Update. W.B. Saunders Co. PO Box 6467, Duluth, MN 55806-9854. (800) 654-2452. July 1994. $33 postpaid. Includes articles by various contributors, mostly veterinarians and professors, on llama medicine. Useful for veterinarians, llama owners, and alpaca owners.
Kerstetter, Howard, Performance Classes: A Manual for Designing Obstacles. Available only from ALSA, P.O. Box 1189, Lyons, CO 80540. ALSA member price: $14.95; non-member price $24.95. "A publication of diverse, interesting and challenging obstacles designed to conform to the latest ALSA Handbook revisions."
Krieger, Maggie and Richard, In Search of the Ideal Llama--THE FIELD GUIDE, Assessing Conformational Traits in Llamas. Saltspring Island Llamas and Alpacas, 291 Long Harbour Rd., Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada V8K 2K9. 1994. (250) 537-9446, phone & fax. $29.95 US; $34.95 Canada postpaid. Same information as in the video of the same name; now available in book-binder form for in-the- field conformational assessment. Special section not in video: "Pitfalls of the Acquisition Process" as well as various llama contracts. http://www.islandnet.com/~krieger/guide.html
Krieger, Maggie and Richard, Secrets of the Andean Alpaca--THE FIELD GUIDE, Assessing Fiber Characteristics and Conformation. Saltspring Island Llamas & Alpacas, 291 Long Harbour Rd., Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada V8K 2K9. 1994. (250) 537-9446, phone & fax. $29.95 US; $34.95 Canada postpaid. Same information as in the video of the same name; now available in book-binder form for in-the- field conformational assessment. Special section not in video: "Pitfalls of Lama Acquisition-On the Farm and Off the Auction Block" as well as various alpaca contracts. http://www.islandnet.com/~krieger/guide.html
Lama Registry Book, Volume I. Lists the first 15,000 llamas registered by the International Llama Registry. $18.90 postpaid, 286pp. Intl. Lama Registry, P.O. Box 8, Kalispell, MT 59903. (406) 755-3438 (phone).
Ley, Susan. Photo Workshop for Llamas; $35.00 postpaid (Ohio residents add 5.75% sales tax). Susan Ley Photography, 8685 Hawick Ct. N, Dublin, OH 43017. (614) 889-0629 (phone/fax). "The workbook is broken down into easy to follow lessons...illustrated with over 70 photographs. Susan's step by step approach insures that you understand every aspect to take winning photographs of your animals".
MacQuarrie, Kim, Jorge F. Ochoa and Javier Portus. Gold of the Andes; c. 1995 Available from Northwest Alpacas Ranch & Country Store, 11785 SW River Rd., Hillsboro, OR 97123. 2-volume set; $80 each postpaid or $130 for the set. Visa and Mastercard accepted. (503) ALPACAS. These limited edition coffee table books chronicle the history of the camelid family. Over 300 photos of camelids in nature and depicted in artwork from museums around the world. (http://www.alpacas.com/~nwa)
Markham, Doyle. Llamas are the Ultimate. Snake River Llamas, 7626 N 5th W, Idaho Falls, ID 83401. $16.95 postpaid. 1990. 330 pages, 73 pictures. Training, feeding, packing, hunting, fishing, and care.
McGee-Bennett, Marty. The Camelid Companion: Handling and Training Your Alpacas & Llamas; c. 2001; 400 pgs, illus. Zephyr Farm Press, 4251 Pulver Rd., Dundee, NY 14837. (800) 570-LAMA $53.95 postpaid. (NY residents add 8% tax) “The definitive guide to training, handling and managing llamas and alpacas. Whether you have 2 llamas or 200 alpacas this book is for you.” (http://www.camelidynamics.com)
McGee, Marty, Llamas and Alpacas as a Metaphor for Life. Zephyr Farm, 4251 Pulver Rd., Dundee, NY 14837. 800-570-LAMA. $30.25 postpaid. (NY residents add 8% tax) 100 pages, 49 color photos. "This is a book to be enjoyed year after year, and left on the coffee table for everyone to enjoy!".
McGrath, Jo Ann, Before... and ...After Llamas. Paige Ink, Lower Sherwood Farm, Route 6, Box 139, Charlottesville, VA 22902. $8.70 postpaid. (also avail. through Clay Press Pubs., $9.95 postpaid 1-877-CAMELID). A selection of the author's newspaper columns before she owned llamas and after they took over her life. Warm and humorous.
Mount Lehman Llamas, Poisonous Plants Which May be Dangerous to Llamas and Other Livestock. Mt. Lehman Llamas, 29343 Galahad Crescent, Mt. Lehman, B.C. Canada V4X 2E4. $2.00 to cover costs. 21 pages of clear line drawings of poisonous plants common to British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, but useful to owners across the US and Canada. Annotations include common and botanical names, a physical description of the plant, & poisoning symptoms. A bibliography is provided.
Musgrove, Julie, Common Sense Alpacas. Quality Llama Products, 33217 Bellinger Scale Rd., Lebanon, OR 97355.
(800) 638-4689. $37.00 postpaid. 100 pages, spiral bound. “Includes how to plan your facilities, essential
and emergency supplies, nutrition, general care and management, breeding and birthing, showing”.
Peterson, Susan, So, You Share Your Life With a Llama: What Now? Pine Grove Pub. Co., PO Box 309, Pine Grove, CA 95665. (209) 296-8043. $19.95 postpaid. 128 pages, spiral bound; illus. “A primer for old, new and want-to-be llama owners”. Chapters cover topics such as preparing for Your Llama, Breeding, Injuries, Crias, and showring pointers; appendices contain useful examples of a breeding contract, gestation table and list of llama and alpaca associations.
Pollard, Robert J. & Suzi, Llama and Alpaca Husbandry and Medical Care. Quality Llama Products, 33217 Bellinger Scale Rd., Lebanon, OR 97355. $25.50 postpaid. 60 pages, spiral bound. “Written by a well-known vet and llama owner; practical easy-to-follow information on vaccination programs, parasite control, neo-natal care, breeding and more”.
Ross, Cindy, Scraping Heaven. McGraw Hill-Ragged Mountain Press or available from Amazon.com. ISBN: 0071373608; 2003; $19.95; 224 pages, illus., hard cover. “In 1993, Cindy Ross, her husband, and their two toddlers, ages one and three, set out together on the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail. Using llamas as kid-carriers and packers, they successfully hiked the entire Trail over the next 5 summers.” This travelogue chronicles their adventures on the Trail.
Schreiber, John, Today and Tomorrow Llama Investment Analysis. Schreiber's Stoney Brook Farm, W338 S9025 Highway E, Mukwonago, WI 53149. Revised edition, 1990. $21.95 postpaid. By a llama breeder who works in the investment field.
Shinnick, Ron, Llama Driving: A Basic Guide to Training and Driving Your Llama. Able Publishing. Order from: Llamas by the Llakes, 5350 Red Clay Road, PO Box 280, Cohutta, GA 30710. $25.00 postpaid. 60 pages, 2000. illus. See: http://www.llamasbythellakes.com. “This book outlines a simple method for training both you and your llama the fundamental skills of driving. Diagrams and photos also help illustrate various parts of the driving equipment and techniques for successful training and driving.”
Smith, Bradford B., DVM, Karen I. Timm, DVM, Patrick O. Long, DVM. Llama and Alpaca Neonatal Care. Bixby Press, Inc. (541) 758-6486. $24.95 + shipping. 112 pages, 1996. illus. This step-by-step book covers all aspects of births, dystocias, and care of the cria and dam. Designed for new and experienced owners.
Stauffer, Rudy, Llama Packing with Rudy. Crystal Springs Llamas, 2478 Rimrock Rd., Placerville, CA 95667. (530) 642-1120. 1999. $8.00 postpaid. 30 pages. “This small handbook is simple, easy to use and understand. This guide will help a llama packer save some time and energy in llama training. Learn from my mistakes, trials and errors, rather than making your own.”
Switzer, Chris, Spinning Llama and Alpaca. PO Box 3800, Estes Park, CO 80517. $14.00 postpaid. 2nd ed. 1998. Discusses fiber ID, cleaning, shearing, preparation, dyeing, marketing, projects, and other topics.
Weathers, Shirley A., Field Guide to Plants Poisonous to Livestock-Western US. Rosebud Press, PO Box 270090, Fruitland, UT 84027-0090. $17.95 each, postpaid. 1998. “Over 100 plants, shrubs and trees are organized by leaf shape/arrangement to facilitate identification. Designed by and for livestock owners to help protect against plant poisoning.”
Wernery, Ulrich & Renay and Dr. Murray E. Fowler, Color Atlas of Camelid Hematology. Blackwell Pubs. Quality Llama Products, 33217 Bellinger Scale Rd., Lebanon, OR 97355. $76.50 postpaid. 1999. “A color atlas that should be used as a guide to diagnose blood diseases and other ailments in Old World and New World camelids. Veterinarians will find this book invaluable.”
White-Crane, Diane, Stop Spitting at Your Brother: Life Lessons of a Rocky Mountain Llama. Stevens LlamaTique, Rt. 4 Box 39, Worthington, MN 56187. (800) 469-5262. $13.50 postpaid. 149 pages, 1996. A series of anecdotal stories, humorous and touching, show us the world as seen through the eyes of a young male llama.
(All tapes are available in VHS. Foreign formats are not generally available.)
Alive With Llamas. Llama Marketing Group, c/o Rancho Amorio, Rt. 4, Box 188, Tomah, WI 54660. (608) 372- 7877. $27.45 postpaid. 14.5 minutes. This video shows "...all the things you do with llamas...packing, companions, parties, showing, visiting nursing homes and much more".
Alpaca Training and Handling with Marty McGee. Zephyr Farm, 4251 Pulver Rd., Dundee, NY 14837. (800) 570-LAMA. $72.00 postpaid. 85 minutes. (NY residents add 8% tax). “Join Marty McGee for up to the minute alpaca training and handling methods that will maximize your efficiency as well as create a confident and companionable alpaca”.
Alpacas, the Ultimate Investment, by Mike Safley. Northwest Alpacas Ranch & Country Store, 11785 SW River Rd., Hillsboro, OR 97123. (503) ALPACAS $9.95. This 30-minute video explains, in detail, why alpacas are the world's finest livestock investment.
Alpacas, the World's Finest Livestock Investment. Comes with alpaca investment brochure and breeders directory. Alpaca Owners and Breeders Assn, c/o Hobert Office Services, Box 1992, Estes Park, CO, 80517-1992. (303) 586-5357. $14.95 postpaid to US addresses; $15.95 (US) postpaid to Canada. $21.95 overseas. Short introduction to alpacas.
Basic TTEAM with Llamas, Featuring Marty McGee. Juniper Ridge Press, 713 W. Spruce #89, Deming, NM 88030. (800) 869-7342. $57 postpaid. Two hours. Application to llamas of training techniques originally developed with horses, now used with all animals.
Breeding, Birthing, and Newborn Care. Tape 2 of the series, All about Llamas with Paul and Sally Taylor. Taylor/Gavin Communications, Box 4323-L, Bozeman, MT 59772. (406) 586-6872. $41.95 postpaid. A 60-minute practical video guide with handbook. This videotape shows the normal breeding and birthing processes with many llamas.
Camelid Handling Secrets, vol. 1 “Medical Management”. Marty McGee Bennett & Dr. David Anderson, DVM. Zephyr Farm, 4251 Pulver Rd., Dundee, NY 14837. (800) 570-LAMA. $72.00 postpaid. 60 minutes. (NY residents add 8% tax). “Marty and Dr. Anderson (Ohio State Univ.) show you how to manage medical needs in ways that result in the least amount of stress for you, your veterinarian and your animals.”
Cart Driving Series, Vol. 1: Introduction to Carting (19 min.); Vol. 2: Getting Started-Harnessing Your Llama (30 min.); Vol. 3: Putting it all Together (30 min.). John Piper, 11770 250th St. East, Lakeville, MN 55044 (952) 469-1307. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. $57.80 postpaid for the 3-vol. set. Individual tapes: vol. 1-$9.95; vol. 2-$19.95; vol. 3-$19.95 plus $3.95 each shipping/handling. “This series explains everything required to train llamas for cart driving from selecting a llama to how to disassemble the harness after the cart driving session has ended”.
Click and Reward “Clicker Basics”; vol. 1. Jim & Amy Logan, Rt. 3 Box 78, Chattaroy, WA 99003. (888) 332-5425. $54.95 postpaid. WA residents please add 7.8% sales tax. PAL format also available for international llama owners; add $5 per tape for PAL. "See how much fun llama training can be. Whether it's catching, haltering, loading, or obedience work, clicker training makes working with your llamas more enjoyable."
Click and Reward “Applied Clicker Training”; vol. 2. Jim & Amy Logan, Rt. 3 Box 78, Chattaroy, WA 99003. (888) 332-5425. $54.95 postpaid. WA residents please add 7.8% sales tax. PAL format also available for international llama owners; add $5 per tape for PAL. “See how you can use clicker training to solve kicking, spitting, haltering problems, and more!”
Fences, Barns, and Feeders. Betty Barkman, 34190 Lodge Rd, Tollhouse, CA 93667 (209) 855-6227. $43.45 postpaid. Many useful ideas from a variety of ranches. Also covers gates, shelters, safety tips, and more.
Five Star Llama Packing. Juniper Ridge Press, 713 W. Spruce #89, Deming, NM 88030. (800) 869-7342. $31.95 postpaid. Two hours, produced by Kelly Hart. Experienced commercial llama packers Stephen Biggs, Stanlynn Daugherty, Bobra Goldsmith, Francie Greth-Peto, and Tom Landis discuss and demonstrate all aspects of llama packing. Several pack trips are shown.
Getting Started with TTEAM, with Marty McGee. Zephyr Farm, 4251 Pulver Rd., Dundee, NY 14837. 800-570- LAMA; FAX (607) 243-5866. $46.95 postpaid. (NY residents add 8% tax) 54 min. Topics include llama and human interactive body language, re-training difficult llamas, halter fitting, using the catch rope and lots more.
Harness the Fun! with Jim Logan. Snow Ridge Llamas, E. 16408 Bowman Rd., Chattaroy, WA 99003. (509) 238-4975. $44.95 postpaid. 65 min. This comprehensive video covers such topics as selection and fit of halter, harness and cart; use of voice and line cues; shows how to correctly mount & dismount, handle the lines and learn the rules of the road; train your llama from ground driving through to driving with others.
In Search of the Ideal Llama, Assessing Conformational Traits in Llamas. Saltspring Island Llamas and Alpacas, 291 Long Harbour Rd, Saltspring Island, BC, Canada V8K 2K9. Phone/fax (250) 537-9446. $74.95 (US); $94.95 (CAN) postpaid. Produced and written by Richard and Maggie Krieger, with script consultation and introduction by Dr. Murray Fowler. Analysis of llama conformation, including detection of the less obvious anomalies. http://www.islandnet.com/~krieger/guide.html
Introduction to Llama Packing. The Llama Connection, PO Box 211, Pocatello, ID 83204. (800)398-0832. $39 postpaid. Produced by Wes Holmquist.
Land of the Llamas. Produced by Wolfgang Bayer. Llama Books/Avalon Llamas, 310 Wilson Cove Rd., Swannanoa, NC 28778. $29.50 postpaid. 53 minutes From the PBS series, Nature, this video shows llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas in their native South America.
Let's Go Packing, Tape #3 of the series, All about Llamas with Paul and Sally Taylor. Taylor/Gavin Communications, Box 4323-L, Bozeman, MT 59772. (406) 586-6872. 1989. $41.95 postpaid. 50 minutes. Practical information and demonstrations, including basic training, conditioning, equipment, fighting teeth removal, toenail trimming, and a Montana pack trip, by experienced commercial llama packers Renee and Will Gavin.
Llama Basics, Tape #1 of the series, All about Llamas with Paul and Sally Taylor. Taylor/Gavin Communications, Box 4323-L, Bozeman, MT 59772. (406) 586-6872. $41.95 postpaid. 40 minutes. Introduction to llamas including nutrition, fencing, facilities, evolution, and behavior, shot at the Taylor's beautiful ranch in Montana.
Llama Reproduction: A Neonatal Clinic with LaRue W. Johnson, DVM, PhD. Juniper Ridge Press, 713 W. Spruce #89, Deming, NM 88030. (800) 869-7342. 1989. $87 postpaid. A clinic with a well-known llama researcher. Demonstrates a variety of different birth presentations and how to deliver them, using plastic uteruses and stillborn crias. 3 1/2 hours, set of two tapes and one booklet.
Llama Training with Bobra Goldsmith: What Every Llama Should Know. Two hours. Juniper Ridge Press, 713 W. Spruce #89, Deming, NM 88030. (800) 869-7342. $57 postpaid. Two hours, produced by Kelly Hart. A foremost llama trainer shows her methods. Covers initial contact, the slow motion technique of haltering, leading with a light hand, loading in vehicles, kushing, some difficult llamas, developing trust and willingness.
Llama Trekkers, Betty Barkman, 34190 Lodge Rd, Tollhouse, CA 93667. (209) 855- 6227. $43.45 postpaid. A training experience for those ready to train their first packers.
Llamas...For the Long Haul, Llama Tree Ranch, Vicky & Ralph Rideout, 4235 36th Ave. NE, Olympia, WA 98516. (360) 491-LAMA. $29.95. 30 min.video about llama trekking.
Mallon Method, series by John Mallon. Available from Useful Llama Items, 5458 N. Razorville Rd., Byron, IL 61010. 800-635-5262; www.useful-items.com $49.99 + shipping. 1 hour. "The first 24 hours - train your youngsters while they are at their most impressionable age and most receptive to learning". Innovative training method removes fear of the human touch. (http://www.mallonmethod.com/)
Mallon Method, series by John Mallon. Available from Useful Llama Items, 5458 N. Razorville Rd., Byron, IL 61010. 800-635-5262; www.useful-items.com $59.00 + shipping. 1 hour 45 min. "Halter Training Basics". "A valuable first lesson that eliminates all the guesswork and guarantees the perfect timing needed to teach llamas of any age to respond to the very slightest cue." Builds a solid foundation for stress-free leading, loading, obstacle work, etc. (http://www.mallonmethod.com/)
Mallon Method, series by John Mallon. Available from Useful Llama Items, 5458 N. Razorville Rd., Byron, IL 61010. 800-635-5262; www.useful-items.com $53.00 + shipping. “Difficult to Halter" - John demonstrates his proven method of helping a llama overcome his fear of the haltering process in this long-awaited addition to his popular video series. In the first half-hour, John explains the "hows" and "whys" as he works with a two year old male who has been extremely difficult for his owners to halter. The rest of the tape is devoted to John's working with the owner and the llama together. By following the simple instructions and procedures clearly demonstrated in this video, you should be able to overcome your llama's haltering problems almost immediately. (http://www.mallonmethod.com/)
Mallon Method, series by John Mallon. Available from Useful Llama Items, 5458 N. Razorville Rd., Byron, IL 61010. 800-635-5262; www.useful-items.com $99.00 + shipping. 5 hours 25 min. "Working in the Round Pen" - In this extraordinary three-tape tutorial, John works with a previously unhandled 3 1/2 yr. old male llama, from first touch to leading while carrying packs. Along the way, John desensitizes the llama to being handled all over his body, including his ears, tail, belly, legs, etc., and to having his feet picked up, all done at liberty, not tied to a fence. John will demonstrate, for the first time, his unique method of using a simple bath towel to safely desensitize a full-grown animal, with amazingly fast results. He will introduce the pack saddle and panniers, and help the llama to learn to control himself in new and frightening situations, without danger to himself or others. (http://www.mallonmethod.com/)
Secrets of the Andean Alpaca, Assessing Fiber Characteristics and Conformation. Saltspring Island Llamas and Alpacas, 291 Long Harbour Rd, Saltspring Island, BC, Canada V8K 2K9. Phone/fax (250) 537-9446. $74.95(US); $94.95 (CAN) postpaid. Produced and written by Richard and Maggie Krieger, with script consultation by Dr. Walter Bravo. Analysis of alpaca conformation and fiber, including detection of the less obvious anomalies. http://www.islandnet.com/~krieger/guide.html
Step by Step Shearing for Alpacas and Llamas, 108 mins, $53.50 postpaid from Jon Botten, VID COM Productions, 149 SW 304 St., Federal Way, WA 98023. (800) 275-8566. Features Ted and Elaine Chepolis; covers preparatory grooming, the tools and how to use them, restraining methods, fleece preparation, storage, and marketing.
Teaching Your Llama to Pack, with Marty McGee, Featuring Stanlynn Daugherty. Zephyr Farm, 4251 Pulver Rd., Dundee, NY 14837. 1999. $65.95 postpaid; (NY residents add 8% tax). “This video is a must-see for anyone wanting to pack with a llama. Contains hands-on information.”
Training Llamas to Drive, With Bobra Goldsmith. Juniper Ridge Press, 713 W. Spruce #89, Deming, NM 88030. (800) 869-7342. 1989. $57 postpaid. Two hours. Covers preparations, fitting the harness, ground driving, introducing the llama to the cart, and riding in the cart.
Treating Your Llama Kindly : The TTEAM Approach to Veterinary Procedures for Llamas & Alpacas. Zephyr Farm Press, 4251 Pulver Rd, Dundee, NY 14837. (800) 570-LAMA. $55.00 (NY residents add 8% tax). 85 minutes. Covers basic hadling tips for veterinarians, giving a physical exam, giving injections, venipuncture, microchipping and ultrasound techniques.
The TTEAM Approach to Llama Herd Management. Zephyr Farm Press, 4251 Pulver Rd, Dundee, NY 14837. (800) 570-LAMA. $46.95 postpaid. (NY residents add 8% tax) Focuses on starting young llamas and herd management chores.
Vermonters Just Like to Felt Hats. The Herd of Northern Vermonters, 24 Fields Lane, Jericho, VT 05465. (802) 899-9986. $38.95 postpaid. 49 minutes. Learn how to felt your own hat from llama fiber with this step-by-step video which covers shearing, carding, laying out the batts, the actual felting process and final shaping of a hat.
What Do You Do With a Llama? Susan Ley Photography, 8685 Hawick Ct. N, Dublin, OH 43017. (614) 889- 0629. $22.95 postpaid (OH residents add 6.5% tax). 10 min. video of beautiful still shots by Susan Ley shows llamas taking part in many activities; accompanied by music and vocal of Sherrill Black. This video is "...the perfect public relations tool...".
Why Llamas? Juniper Ridge Press, 713 W. Spruce #89, Deming, NM 88030. (800) 869-7342. $21.95 postage paid. Fifty minute video introducing llamas, produced by Kelly Hart. Llamas doing everything from giving birth to taking part in obstacle races; interviews with llama owners.
Wonderful World of Llama Wool by Marty McGee. Zephyr Farm Press, 4251 Pulver Rd., Dundee, NY 14837. (800) 570-LAMA. Fax: (607) 243-5866. $46.95 postpaid (NY residents add 8% tax).61 min. "Learn how to groom without a hassle and to collect wool spinners will love. Other topics include preparing fiber for spinning, fingerspinning, storing and washing your wool."
The World's Finest Alpaca Show. Northwest Alpacas Ranch & Country Store, 11785 SW River Rd., Hillsboro, OR 97123. (503) ALPACAS. $9.95. Shot in Peru from Macusani to Arequipa, 45 minutes of alpacas in their natural habitat and the Peruvian Show ring.
MAGAZINES AND NEWSLETTERS
Alpaca International News, P.O. Box 1968, Manhattan, KS 66505 (913) 537-0320. $20/year in US, $30 US/year in Canada; $48 US/year other foreign. Quarterly, with articles on a range of alpaca subjects, and advertisements.
Alpacas Magazine. P.O. Box 1992, Estes Park, CO 80517; (970) 586-5357; Fax: (970) 586-6685. If unsuccessful when dialing area code 970, try area code (303). Quarterly magazine of the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association. $24/year in the US and Canada; $44/year for foreign subscriptions. The first alpaca magazine.
The Backcountry Llama, Noel McRae, Editor, 2857 Rose Valley Loop, Kelso, WA 98626. 6 issues - $12.00 per year. A newsletter about packing with llamas; also includes stories and reviews.
International Camelid Quarterly, 70 MacEwan Ridge Place NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3K 3M1. (403) 275-5170;
Fax: (403) 275-5172. Quarterly, $30 + GST per year Canadian; $45 per year US.
http://www.llamas-alpacas.com “This publication has been designed to meet the needs of the International camelid community as both a magazine and scientific journal, based on breeder, reader and industry input.”
Llama Banner, PO Box 1968, Manhattan, KS 66505-1968. (913) 537-0320. Bimonthly, $24 per year. Describing itself as the promotional tool of the llama industry, this glossy magazine has lots of ads as well as articles, news of shows, etc.
Llama Life II, 5232 Blenhein Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22902 (804) 286-2288; Fax: (804) 286-4983. Owned and published by Paige F. McGrath. Published quarterly. $20/year. Glossy black and white quarterly newspaper. News, photos, ads, feature articles by a variety of llama owners, indepth coverage of markets and auctions. Has won awards from industry associations. http://www.llamalife.com
Llama Llocater. c/o 902 Quail Creek Ct., Southlake, TX 76092. (817) 488-5078. Edited by Bill & Sally Bacus. Published quarterly; $8/yr. A catalog of llamas & alpacas for sale all over the country. Computer reproduced pictures, 2 generations of genealogy, pertinent information and 3 animals per page. http://www.llama- llocater.com/
Llama Marketplace, 771 Tucker Rd., Winlock, WA 98596 (360) 864-8224 email: email@example.com. Edited by Linda Martin. Published bi-monthly. $12/year voluntary subscription. National advertising and articles on a range of topics to interest new and long-time owners.
SELECTED ONLINE LLAMA/ALPACA INFORMATION
The Alpaca Chronicles. A weekly update of Internet information that will introduce you to information about alpaca ownership on a small ranch. For a Free Subscription to the Alpaca Chronicles go to: http://www.alpacanet.com/request.html OR snd e-mail to : firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.Owner: Sharon Mcintosh email@example.com http://www.alpacanet.com Teaching the global community about the wonders of alpacas. Use this information at your own risk. For more information and disclaimer send E-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU with the command INFO NEW-LIST in the body.
The Alpaca Discussion List. http://www.onelist.com/group/Alpacasite
This list is for alpaca owners and thosse interested in alpaca information. The mailing list is moderated by John L. Pinkowski, of Pine Ridge Alpacas: Alpacasitefirstname.lastname@example.org; subscribe by going to the URL above.
This Web site includes files about alpacas, their fiber, investment potential, directories of products and ranches, etc.
Alpaca Owners & Breeder’s Association. http://www.aoba.org
This web site includes an alpaca FAQ, AOBA Affiliates listing, Breeder’s Directory, library holdings, events
calendar, Alpacas Magazine subscription form and more.
Alpaca registry. http://www.alpacaregistry.net
The official ARI web site with alpaca registry information (history, fees, policies, procedures), an events calendar, registration form, full-text articles from the ARI Journal and ARI Newsletter and information on the Alpaca Research Foundation. Email: ARI@alpacaregistry.net
ALSA Web Page. http://www.llama.org/alsa
This site includes information about upcoming Alpaca & Llama Show Association sanctioned shows,how to have a show sanctioned, a list of ALSA Regional Championship shows, list of award winning llamas, a history of ALSA, a schedule of judging clinics and an ALSA membership application form.
Camelid Listserv. This forum provides general discussion of all aspects of lama ownership. It is available for
free where anyone can sign on/off easily. For subscription information, go to:
member info / subscribe / user options at:
The List is semi-monitored; Jay Curtis is the list owner.
CamelidMed E-Newsletter. This listserv provides the camelid health newsletter produced by Dr. David Anderson at Ohio State; updates are issued about every 6 weeks. To subscribe, send an email message to:
In the body of the message, write:
subscribe camelidmed Your Firstname Your Lastname
Do NOT use a subject header and do NOT write anything else in the body of the message.
Turn off any automatic signature files.
Canadian Llama & Alpaca Association. http://www.llamas-alpacas.com
Intl. Camelid Institute - Ohio State University: http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/docs/development/ici/ici.html
Mission Statement: The International Camelid Institute will be an education and service facility for camelid owners, breeders, veterinarians and scientists, fiber and textile persons, and animal enthusiasts throughout the world to advance the well being of camelids and the camelid industry.
Intl. Llama Registry. http://www.lamaregistry.com
The official ILR site; included are a listing of Registry services, a llama name search, ILR board minutes,
Registry statistics and an online registration form. Email: email@example.com
Lama Information Exchange
Web space donated by Cathy Norwood. This site contains the electronic version of the Lama Info Exchange Newsletter - information about lamas and issues concerning them written by owners.
Sharon DaDalt, owner of Llama L'edge Farm in Auburn, NH has established this Web site that has a unique Medical Index of citations to articles from popular lama publications such as Llamas Magazine, Llama Banner, Llama Life, the GALA Newsletter, etc. Over 100 topics of interest on lama health and medicine, as well as herd management, are included. These journals are not indexed by any other database. This site is updated regularly.
"Llamapaedia is for everyone with an interest in Llamas. Written by veterinary students, it is intended to be an accurate source of information on husbandry, breeding, care and resources for further information". Compiled by Greta Stamberg and Derek Wilson.
Llama Research Program: College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State University
http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/docs/ClinSci/camelid/index.htm This site contains articles on health topics,
current and future research at Ohio State. Compiled by Dr. David Anderson, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS
Llamas Listserv http://www.rockisland.com/~newmoon/llamas/index.html
“This is an email discussion group for llama owners called LLAMAS. It is free to subscribe to and has separate topics so you can get just the information that interests you. The topics are 4H, Barns and Fencing, Behavior, Breeding, Care, Carting, Chat, Crias, Events, Feed, Fiber, Help, ILR, Medicines, Organizations and Laws, Packing, Pictures, Rescue, Shows, Spirit (heartful stories), Training, and Vet.” For more info and to subscribe go to http://www.rockisland.com/~newmoon/llamas/index.html
This Web site contains many llama information files (llama related services, books in print, veterinary bibliography, events and conferences, etc.) ads for llama farms with color photos, and links to related Web sites.
Oregon State University Website: Program for Camelid Education and Research. http://www.vet.orst.edu/camelid/camelid.htm
This site has information about people involved in the program, current research at the College, publications and registration information about upcoming seminars at Oregon State.
Pack Llama Trial Association. http://www.packllama.org This site has information, forms and rules for conducting PLTA-sanctioned pack llama trials. Also included is a national calendar of upcoming events, photos of past trials and links to other packing-related sites.
ABOUT THE COMPILERS
Rosana Hart is a former reference librarian, the author of Living with Llamas and Llamas for Love and Money, and co- owner of Juniper Ridge Press, which publishes books and videotapes about llamas.
Karen Conyngham is a corporate librarian and llama owner.
Permission is given to reproduce this list, provided credit to ILA and the compiler are given.
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