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Just because an animal is listed here as a foundation llama, if you are interested in buying it, call me. I may be able to part with that animal, depending upon how much you want it and if the offer is worth considering. Most of our foundation llamas have been tested negative for BVD, and I have ceased testing new animals as they come to the farm, so I can no longer offer a BVD guarantee. But I can tell you that of the large number of animals I have tested, at great expense, none tested positive. Living on the wet and warm East coast, we test the fecals of everyone frequently and check the lower eyelids of everyone every month looking for signs of anemia from the nasty Barber's Pole Worm (a common parasite around here) and for eMac (and suspect, mycoplasma). We also dose with Dectomax every 4-6 weeks for meningeal worm prevention (white tail deer are everywhere in Virginia). We start our crias on Dectomax at 3 months. We also treat our crias with Vit A, D, and E.
We use the veterinarians at Rose Hill Vet Practice in Washington, VA. They can be reached at 540-987-1200. I also frequently seek a consult with Ohio State University's Dr. Lakritz and have begun to depend heavily upon Virginia llama vet, Dr. Karen Baum, who can be reached at 540-871-0178.
And, while I was born in Florida and dearly love the subtropics, I just won't sell any of my llamas to someone living there. I know breeders claim it can work, although I have my doubts, but I have enough customers in the northern states. Additionally, I do like to know that prospective buyers who are new to llamas, have sufficient land, a barn with electricity for fans, and have read the ILR's Minimum Standards of Care. I do not sell llamas by themselves unless they are going to a farm that already has some of my animals, or are old enough to weather the stress of such a change AND are going to a farm with llamas already there. Llama breeders frequently underestimate the effects of stress on llamas. New farms, new pasture-mates, weaning, totally different environments, boy these can play havoc on an animal's immune system. I want my animals to thrive at their new homes and I vow to give them every opportunity to do so. As anyone who owns livestock knows, they can become dead stock even when you know what you are doing.
I do travel a great deal to llama shows all up and down the eastern seabord, and into Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, and Iowa. I am happy to transport for you. My transport fee is $100/day/llama. Please make sure you have appropriate health certificates. Authorities do stop vehicles towing livestock trailers and inspect in many states. If you buy one of MY llamas, transport to any show I am attending will not cost you anything.
Since Jan 2013
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