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Welcome to the website of the British Llama Society (BLS)

Llamas are members of the South American camelid family and are mostly found in the high altiplano regions of the Andes in Peru, Bolivia and Chile. They are the domesticated cousin of wild guanacos are used extensively by the Andean people and were used in the past by the Incas as beasts of burden, for food, for fibre and for leather (from their hides). The British Llama Society has been set up to promote all aspects of llama and guanaco ownership: good husbandry, breeding, trekking, driving, showing and much more. It publishes a quarterly magazine called "Llama Llink".

The BLS operates a registration system for llamas, guanacos, vicunas and camels, which is an important facility in these days of increasing regulation. It is affiliated to British Camelids Ltd., a charity that promotes the responsible ownership of camelids in the UK.


The society brings together a lively community of people who have been captivated by these fascinating animals.
We operate a forum for all things llama-related and within the forum is a members-only area for members of the BLS.

Seasonal Guidance

1. Due to the mild wet weather we have all be experiencing, please keep an eye out for liver fluke. Keep a good eye on your animals and look out for abnormal behavior such as progressive loss of body condition, anemia, pale membranes and in severe cases swelling below the jaw. Liver fluke is easily treated so keep your eyes open for signs. If you are worried, please talk to your vet. A simple fecal worm count for Liver Fluke can be done by your vet. if you are at all concerned.

2.    Keep a keen eye on your animals’ feet.  With the wet weather we have had this winter, with more forecasted to come, camelids can suffer with foot problems. If you think there may be a problem, don’t wait to see if it clears up on its own. Get professional advice from your vet as foot problems in camelids can take a long time to get over if left for any length of time.

3.    Don’t forget, never use left over hard feed from the winter. The food can produce toxins if kept for any length of time that can harm your animals. 

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Golden Valley featured in The Hereford Times

From The Hereford Times, September 2016:

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FAR from their Andean homeland, four Herefordshire-born llamas have trekked off with a pannier full of prizes at a premier national show.
Described by judges as a perfect llama, 14-month-old female Loupin Stanes was awarded the supreme championship at the British Llama Society’s national show at Newbury in Berkshire, a tremendous feather in the cap for Amanda Huntley and Robert Dewar who run their Golden Valley Llamas farm in Ewyas Harold.
The level of the farm’s success brought delight for the couple, who believe all the work they have put into their breeding programme over the past twelve years is paying real dividends.
Apart from the top award, the farm scooped wins with 11-year-old Long Meg, who took first prize in the older female class, while Kilpeck took the young male class. Kilpeck’s older brother, Stonehenge, saw off challengers from many other farms across the UK to gain the prized Gelding Cup.
Amanda expressed her delight at the success, explaining how proud she is that Herefordshire is now the leading county in the country for llamas for the pet market, for fibre production and those hoping to start a llama-trekking business.
Loupin Stanes was seen as a “supreme example of the llama” by the judge. She “fulfilled all the essential requirements for a field pet - good proportions, strong bones, the right degree of flexibility in the leg and a correctly aligned jaw”. The praise did not stop there. She was praised for a coat of fine texture and lustre, a bright eye and that special something - in her case, a “touch of the minx”.
Her brother, Kilpeck, was additionally awarded first place in the all-important llama fibre competition. Llama fleece is seven times warmer than sheep wool and it is hypo-allergenic, making it suitable for people who are unable to wear wool.
Amanda spins and weaves the llamas’ coats into attractive rugs and bags and she looks forward to working on Loupin’s and Kilpeck’s coats when they are sheared next year. Meanwhile, Robert offers a hands-on experience, a chance to groom a llama and take it for a trek around the village.

NEWBURY SHOW

The official British Llama Society Show will be held at the Royal County of Berkshire Show at Newbury on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th September 2017. Gates open at 8 am.
The show classes will take place on the Saturday, followed on Sunday by the fun classes such as an obstacle race, prettiest llama, best turned-out llama, etc. and this year provided at least 30 llamas participate, for the first time there will be cash prizes for the Show Champion Best Female and Best Gelded Male.
On both days there will be displays and exhibitions. If you wish to bring your llamas you will need to enter them. Formal details and application forms will be sent to members in due course. Further details are available from
timcrowfoot@btinternet.com.

Even if you are not able to bring llamas, do come along to join in the fun and support the society.

The address of the showground is : Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, Berks. RG18 9QZ

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Advertising

You don't have to be a BLS member to advertise within our "Business Services" section of the Business Directory. We are offering an introductory price of £30 for a year's advertising. This will give you a linage advertisement of your own narrative and can include your logo.
For further details or to arrange placement of your advert. email caroline@carolinebennett.co.uk.

Liver Fluke

Warm and wet winters give rise to a high risk of fluke.

You can see details of the forecast using this link to the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS) website -   
http://www.nadis.org.uk/

Please consult  your vet regarding the fluke risk in your area and for advice on the appropriate action to take.

TB Testing

The Enferplex test for use by APHA following suspicion of a herd outbreak of TB went live on 23rd November, 2015. A detailed presentation is available for members to read in the Members-Only area of the forum under the heading "Llama Health Info".

Cria Party!

16th August
The cria party held at Watertown Llamas in Devon was a huge success.
About thirty-five people attended and visited the sixteen crias. There were fifteen llamas that the visitors took around the obstacle courses. Many enjoyed the opportunity to take a llama on a walk and then give it a treat at the end. Visitors could also brush the llamas. On arrival visitors were met by two male llamas and offerred a piece of a cake that had icing figures of people leading llamas on it. The lake was popular for visitors to take out a boat and meet the swans and ducks that have made Watertown their home. The llama stud males were showing off in their field, strutting their stuff and to ensure the day was thoroughly enjoyable, the sun shone!

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The Somerset Show

A thoroughly enjoyable show enjoyed by llamas and their friends. See the pictures in the Somerset Show link
in the left hand menu.


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Llama Calm-er!

Society member, Brian Haughton, recently took his two llamas, Nimbus and Bodecia, to the Tudor Grange Care Home in Nottinghamshire, where his Aunt Sarah is a resident.  The llamas behaved impeccably as you can see.  Brian had organised this with the entertainments co-ordinator Clair - (the manager who was away that day, was rather alarmed by llamas on the pale pink lounge carpet! ) Brian advised Clair (who in turn assured the manager) that he had confined Nimbus and Bodecia beforehand, to ensure they had 'been' and that they would much prefer their own toilet area at home to the pink carpet!   Brian said he came away feeling that the visit had been a huge success and was very stimulating for the residents and staff; apparently the residents keep asking when are the llamas visiting again!

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BLS Advertising

Members - Do your llamas work for a living?
Interested in advertising in the BLS Business Directory?


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Categories for adverts include:
Accommodation
Breeders
Fibre & Handicrafts
Souvenir & Llama Art
Training & Equipment
Trekking
Visitor Attractions

Contact Suzy
01278 781597
Suzy.threadgold@hotmail.co.uk
Application required by Feb 2015


bTB update

The three camelid societies along with Sure Farm, BVCS and the NFU have drafted a letter to George Eustice MP, Minister for Farming, about the failure of DEFRA to accept the use of the Enferplex test in the event of a TB outbreak in a camelid herd. Members can read the letter in the Members' Area of the Forum under the heading "Llama Health". It neatly encapsulates the feelings of the societies and it is hoped it will lead to a further meeting with the minister.

Guidance on how to Build a Crush

For members only, see the members area of the Forum, under General Guidelines for Llama Care where Allen Brown shows how to make a crush.

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FACEBOOK

A "members only" Facebook page is now available at "British Llama Society members". Join the fun and photo exchange. This will run alongside the "members" area of the forum but is great for happy snappers!

Caught in the act ...

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"Err - think we've been spotted"
"Well, they can't see my face, so I won't be recognised!"

Worms

Check the Health and Welfare section for a very informative item on worms in camelids.

Registration fee offer

To all members: In an effort to encourage notification when you unfortunately experience the death of one of your llamas we are offering a free registration for every death notified. We would like to ensure that the database gives an accurate reflection of the numbers of llamas owned by members and therefore this offer will run until further notice. When notifying us of a death please return the registration certificate for the llama to the registrar for cancellation. There is no fee payable to register a death. For any further details you can email registrar@britishllamasociety.org.

Registration of Llamas, Guanacos, Vicunas and Camels.


The British Llama Society, in common with most breed societies, operates a registration system so that members can record on a central database key information relating to their llamas, guanacos, vicunas and camels.
The society is keen to perpetrate pure and good breeding and to facilitate a check to avoid inter-breeding. The database is key to this aim and is also a central identification register. A registration certificate is therefore a valuable means of proving an animal’s pedigree and of course is evidence of the animal's identity.
Furthermore, there is an increasing need to be able to demonstrate to DEFRA that the society has an accurate record of llamas. Micro-chipping as a form of identification is the preferred method. Micro-chips are available from the society at a discount price.
Members are encouraged to register their llamas, guanacos, vicunas and camels. The database will track animals as they are transferred from breeder to new owners, to non-members and back again provided the relevant information is given to the registrar. Every animal on the register has a unique five-digit herdbook number.
A non-member can also apply to register their llama and request a registration certificate. This is welcomed by the society, although the registration fee for a non-member is 50% more than the fee payable by a member.
We can even note in the database animals that regularly appear as ancestors but that are not registered. Thus the animal will appear in the “family tree” as an ancestor to animals being registered subsequently.
For further information regarding registration please contact the registrar at
registrar@britishllamasociety.org.