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Llama wool
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Dub    Posted 04-03-2001 at 02:26:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]

A friend asked me the other day whether the wool from llamas is harvested by shearing or combing. Anyone know?

Canadian Cowboy    Posted 04-03-2001 at 22:04:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Presently im trying to locate a Llama suitable for guarding sheep. Just like the sheep a Llama gets shorn as well. The diffrence being they only need to be done every 2 years and some times not at all. Llama's can shed there fleece like a dog does, so it can be combed out. IT all depends on you climate and personal situation.

Why do you ask, thinking of getting Llama's?

Dub    Posted 04-04-2001 at 03:15:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I am a vet as well as a farmer. Friend of mine got a young male llama cheap at the sale and asked me what I could tell her about llamas. I found her info from the extension service and from the article section of this website ("Raising Llamas") on most things but didn't have an answer to her question about the wool. Someone tried to give me some llamas last year but I passed on it; got my hands full raising mules, horses, and goats.

F14    Posted 04-03-2001 at 04:04:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Combing is primarily for grooming, but the fiber removed can be considerable. If one is 'harvesting' for production purposes, shearing is the preferred method, as far as I know.

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