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.
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.
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.
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 have been sent to members recently. If you have not received your paperwork contact email@example.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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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 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 email@example.com.