Come Visit

We welcome and encourage questions and visits.  We highly recommend you touch, work with, and thoroughly inspect any animal you are interested in buying.  This is very important when buying breeding or show animals.  For pets and fiber animals, you surely want them easy to handle and having the finest of fiber.  For new llama owners, I need a sense of comfort that my animals will fare well under your care and that you can halter them properly.  You are more than welcome to call my veterinarians.  If you find an animal of mine you want to buy, please try to give me time to run a fecal on it prior to pickup.  I would like to be sure my animal is in fine health prior to leaving my farm and checking fecals is one way for me to have that comfort level.  Please understand that few llamas in non-desert environments will be parasite free, but as long as loads are within acceptable ranges, I will allow the animal to leave.  And you need to realize that fecals only represent a point in time and can change quickly when introducing stress. 

No question is silly, although please don't ask me the difference between emus and llamas - THAT question IS silly and you'd be amazed how many times I get asked to explain the difference between a bird and a mammal!  I don't mind at all spending an afternoon helping a prospective or new llama owner get more comfortable with haltering, leading, trailering, shots, toe nail clipping, poop sample collection, etc.  Better yet, meet me at a llama show and help me work the show.  You'll be hooked, I promise!!!!

As Stephen Wright once said, "Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it."  Having purchased animals from all over the country, in addition to starting in this industry with a minimum of information myself as well as the length of time I've been doing this and the number of animals I have owned during that time, I have encountered just about every problem that exists in llama breeding and ownership in both the llamas and the owners:  Cancer, mycoplasma, eMac, barber pole worms, coccidia, nematodirus, constipation, lumpy jaw, arthritis, lowered pasterns, broken bones, tipped ears, breached babies, septicemia, mites, ringworm, malformations, heart attacks, trauma, anemia, stress, stupidity, naivite, obesity, aggressiveness, heads stuck in wire fencing, bodies stuck under board fencing, meningeal worm infestation, beserk male syndrome (in a female), to name a few!  If you are stumped, call me.  I might be able to help you, and I know that if I can't, I can put you in touch with a vet or handler who can.   

And if you are serious about getting llamas, please consider attending a Marty McGee Bennett clinic.  She holds them all over the country and you will learn tons about camelid and human behavior which will help you immensely.  You should also consider joining your regional llama association.  Here on the east coast we have several.  I am an active member in both the Greater Appalachian Llama Association (GALA) and the Lama Association of the Mid Atlantic States (LAMAS).  There are also the Pennsylvania Llama and Alpaca Association (PLAA) and the Southern States Llama Association (SSLA). 

Marian Bragg
540-729-6570
Freestatellamas@gmail.com