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Argentinian mini llamas

I am so very excited to have obtained these two magnificent mini llama males, Argentine Santiago and TFF Amore’ Magnifico. Santi is full Argentine and Amore’ is half Argentine.
The reason I decided to go with Argentinians after some research, is because of several things. Their fiber is extremely dense and fine, and they have coverage from “top to bottom”, i.e. tip of the ears to between their toes. The fiber is very consistent, and so most of it can be used. They have somewhat of a stocky build, compared to a regular llama. Their legs and feet are big. Their face is also a bit different, being a bit more triangular. All in all they are very athletic looking, you might say the bodybuilders of the llama world. 🙂 Then you have their personality, which is very sweet and mellow, and they are very intelligent. They look like teddy bears and have personality to go with it. I have fallen completely in love! Gorgeous animals in every way possible.
They have settled in very well, and get along great with the bucks.

Both Argentine Santiago and TFF Amore’ Magnifico are available for breeding here at the farm, and both are ILR registered.

And now, let me introduce…. (drum roll)

Argentine Santiago DOB 10-7-03 Height 37.2″
Argentine Sarmiento x Argentine Naranja
Argentine Santiago
Santi is close to perfection in my eyes, and as Gayle says: he just gets better with age. Handsome, mellow, good natured and very gentle and loving with the girls during breeding. He has a nice list of gorgeous quality cria to his credit. He is also wooly to the max. I can’t wait to shear him next year.

TFF Amore’ Magnifico DOB: 06-09-09 Height 37.5″
Kobra’s Argentine Toro x DLL Georgegirl
TFF Amore' Magnifico
I think his name says it all: superb coloring, very striking presence and a good natured young man. He competed at the 2010 Virginia Classic in both Miniature and Argentine divisions. He ribboned in both divisions and brought home 3rd in Top Five Argentine Males against the “Big Boys”. According to Gayle, there isn’t any fiber on this young man that isn’t totally exquisite, except of course his “skid plate”. There are shades of brown, taupe, grey, white and cream, and all so very soft. In addition his staple length is extraordinary. With tons of superior genetics, it doesn’t get much better than this. I’m waiting with anticipation for shearing day.
I still need to get some good pictures of him, to really show him off. He is striking!

I’m working on a new section on the blog for these guys, so stay tuned for more info and updates.

Friggjasetr is going all stud

After much contemplating, heartache and realizing I’m not a super human (boy does it suck having to admit that), I’ve decided to go “all stud”, and put the main focus back on fiber again.
This is why I’ve been missing in action, just trying to sort all this out mentally and practically. It’s been a mix of extreme sadness, extreme joy, and everything in between. I have realized this kidding season, that I get too attached to the kids. No matter how much I’ve tried to prepare, and tell myself not to get too attached, I just can’t help myself. Having to let them go just tears me apart.
Add that to the new longer commute, and not having much time for milking and using the milk the way I had planned, the decision just had to be made.
Once the decision was finalized, it was just a matter of finding new homes, and finding the fiber animals I want.

I have to say I have been extremely lucky finding very good new homes for the girls. They’re all very well taken care of and loved, and local, so I get to visit and see them grow. Trinity and Tryggur ended up going with their girls, which was great. They have been gone for awhile now, and it’s only Smiley and her girls left with the boys. I also sold Gjallar, as I had two beautiful sons from him that I will keep.
As a breeder, I would say it’s crazy having sold them, as they’re all top notch animals in every way. Be that as it may, I will still have my boys. For someone that started out with plans of not keeping any bucks, has now turned into that’s all I’ll have.  One thing is selling the girls, but the boys… oh the boys there is no way I’m giving up. I’m not quite sure what the attraction is. They’re stinky and filthy during the rut, but I don’t mind. They are my buddies in a different way than the girls. They’re also not high maintenance like the girls are. That’s not to say they’re not taken well care of. They get the same care as the girls, but they’re not in “nagging heat” once a month, and there is no “special care and feeding for pregnancy” to worry about. I will for sure miss that too, as that whole process is extremely fascinating. I’ve caught myself several times already thinking of who will be bred to who.

Smiley and the girls are going on a long trip end of next week. They will get a great new home in Virginia. I’ve been getting ready for and planning this trip for awhile now. Truck needed to be updated and fixed to be safe for trailering, trailer is booked, so the last bit is just making sure I have everything on my lists checked off.

When in Virginia, I’ll bring back some amazing mini llamas, 2 beautiful intact males, one Argentinian and one half Argentinian, both with very good bloodlines. More on this later, once the trip is over and done with.

I’m hoping for an uneventful trip, without any mishaps with the “old clunker”. I’m hoping it will show it’s Ford Tough! Planning on taking off Friday early morning or late night, depending on the weather.

More later, stay tuned….