Mountain Flower Dairy has one livestock guardian llama, Hawthorn Hazel. Guard llamas protect and adopt a herd of goats as their own. Guard llamas defend against predators in many ways. Llamas are very intelligent, instinctively alert, always aware of their surroundings, and draw attention to an intruder by making a startling alarm call.
Llamas are known as New World camelids and it is theorized that they originated in North America many millions of years ago. It is thought that all South American llamas and African/Asian camels originated from a common North American ancestor. Both llamas and camels became extinct on the North American continent after the last ice age. Llamas migrated to South America and adapted well to the diverse environmental conditions in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Bolivia, and parts of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador.Read more...
Llamas are social animals and get along well with people. It is best to allow a llama to approach you. They are curious and very intelligent. However, until a llama is completely socialized, they may not appreciate you trying to pet them. Llamas eat a combination of grass hay and grains – very similar to what our goats eat.
Llamas are commonly used as pack animals or for their wool, but they also make excellent guard animals for herds of goats, sheep, and alpacas. Llamas get along very well with herd animals like goats and are very protective. If a guard llama perceives danger, there are different ways they will protect a herd. They will run toward a predator to kick at it or stomp on it, they place themselves between the predator and the herd, and they may make a high pitched alarm call. At Mountain Flower Dairy, our guard llamas protect our goats from coyotes, fox, and dogs.