Showing posts with label Alpacas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alpacas. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What Do You Do With A Llama?

Since people know I own llamas, I am often asked what I do with them. Bob Wolfe, PLAAs Webmaster, answers that question. Enjoy the video.

Remembering LAMAS ON PARADE: GALA Conference 2013

To say that the 2013 conference was wonderful is serious understatement. It was truly fantastic. Unfortunately, I could not attend the conference since I was recently released from UPENN after a successful stem cell transplant. And yes, I made it, an official cancer survivor.

Because I could not attend, Bob Wolfe graciously sent me photos, then Chip Wood sent photos, and finally Bev Vienckowski sent Bob Wolfe's photos with captions that appeared in our November Lama Letter newsletter edited by Bev. I hope you enjoy these videos.

This video showcases photographs taken by Bob Wolfe. He is a consummate photographer as his carefully edited images are a delight to view.

This second video houses images taken by Chip Wood. They heavily feature Teri Conroy and her llama Tank. Teri was the chairperson of the Fiber Room and organized a fabulous experience for those who attended. Finally, and perhaps a favorite reprises some of Bob Wolfe's photographs captioned by Bev Vienckowski for the November issue of The Lama Letter edited by Bev. Featured are the PLAA members who attended the conference. You might enjoy perusing PLAA's website.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Southeast Llama Rescue: A Second Chance

Chris Stull, SELR
Formed in September, 2001, SELR was an informal NC group of people who wanted to rescue animals in need and educate people with llamas. Part animal control and public service with "a bunch of volunteers," they applied for non-profit status and became a BOD organization with 27 state-adoption coordinators. From FL to MA, west to Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan as most active states, SELR is a well-orchestrated group. Because the group grew so large so quickly, the group branched into SELR and SWLR. Since their inception, they have taken in 854 animal as of today's date, not including the Montana rescue (Camelid Coalition). Chris Stull is PLAA's Keynote Speaker and we are very pleased to have her with us today.

39 animals currently available for adoption on SELR website
Regular maintenance is not reimbursed to volunteers, but non-routine maintenance for animals is covered. SELR is an educational organization that seeks to help people learn about their animals, especially if they are the smaller farm without access to benefits of organizational membership. SELR does not wish to compete with breeders but rather help in a complementary way animals who have been abandoned but deserve a second chance. Potential adopters are screened to be certain people have the necessary housing/fencing for the animal they are rescuing. Llamas and alpacas are delivered to the adopters' door, and the new owners and taught the basics of camelid care.

Outreach is a large part of SELR; llamas are shown in parades, taken to hospitals, and put in public places at events to encourage adoption. Their motto is helping animals. This year, 224 animals came into SELR. Of those 224, 173 were adopted. SELR has permanent fosters too; 22 to be exact because of unusual medical needs or age. The need for animal control officers is rising, and SELR is called more frequently to testify, a sad trend. More recently, animals die because rescue intervention did not happen soon enough, not a fault of rescue but rather of the owners. Most llamas die of starvation because of owner neglect. The ravages of starvation take its toll, from fat to muscle to organ damage. Horrible conditions even with feeding simply causes some rescued llamas to die. You never know the damage done to the rescued animal.

A wonderful website, worth visiting again and again!!
Happy stories happen. A young llama caught in a barbed-wire fence, not noticed nor attended to, had her leg grow around the wire, but happily, surgery removed the wire without damaging the leg bone. SELR has no presence in NJ: there are llamas there but it's a dead zone without coordinators or rescuers. When asked how SELR is funded, the answer was two-fold: donations (often generous) plus the rescue fee.

Life changes. As it does, llamas are impacted. But Chris noted that we are not seeing behaviorally-challenged animals coming into rescue, and that is a benefit. Working for her PowerPoint, Chris retold the tale of the Montana Rescue, noting that SELR cannot take full credit for the rescue; they were just helpers. Animeals, a cat rescue, began the rescue. PLAA was blessed with SELR's story, told by Chris Stull, of their incredible rescue work.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tabbethia Haubold ~ Green Is Good

Rev--returned to normal after delivering Golden
Tabbethia Haubold is a household name for many of us. Whether she's shearing our llamas, alpacas, or sheep, or showing in the conformation and performance rings, teaching us at GALA 2010 how to train our llamas for agility and therapy work, or supporting 4H and various educational programs for youth, she is one busy lady. And she has just launched a new eco-green product line you will love--I promise!

Recently, Tabbethia and Christopher married, and from what I have heard and seen, it was a wonderfully different celebration, with a signature say-it-with-style that only Tabbethia could create for a milestone in life. For more wedding news and living happily ever after, you can visit Tabbethia and Christopher's Wedding on Facebook, as well as friend Tabbethia and add her Long Island Livestock FB page to yours.

For Tabbethia, April is not the cruelest month, but it is the busiest since it opens her three-month road trip, better known as her shearing season. April and May find Tabbethia in the north, south, and mid-west. In June, she works closer to her Long Island home territory.

It was great fun hosting Tabbethia overnight and we have to make the sleep-over an annual event because we just had so much fun. Tabbethia had a surprise for me, the gift of soaps, and that led to this home video we made of her newest foray into the business world. Currently, Tabbethia manufactures soap in a most unique way--Woolie Washies and Llama Loofahs--in addition to her lanolin and honey-based soaps sans fiber wrap. Coming soon to her line of eco-friendly products are a healing body butter and lip balm. I can hardly wait.

Take a look at our video, followed by her product offerings and Wooly Washers/Llama Loofahs Scents.

Product Offerings From Long Island Livestock Company

Woolly Washers - Llama Loofa Scents

Remember: you can find Tabbethia on Facebook or contact her at 631 680 6721 or

 For a creative look at marketing llama products, see Teri Conroy's blog post:
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Faces at PLAA 2011

PLAA President John Mosovsky
A briskly cool central Pennsylvania morning with a view of Endless Mountains, bucolic scenery, in a place where people "bleed blue," we are at the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Llama and Alpaca Association at the Toftrees Resort complex at State College. Thirty people registered and 28 arrived for an exciting informative day. An amazing silent auction occurs throughout the day and it is a camelid fanciers bidding paradise.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

1000+ Miles: Marcello Aba, DVM, Ph.D. at GALA 2010

Marcelo Aba & Anita Collins
Dr. Aba hails from 400 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and he traveled over 1000 miles to be a featured presenter at The Magic of Llamas GALA 2010 Conference. An international expert in llama studies, Dr. Aba is Dean of Faculty, Veterinary School of the University of Guenos Aires, Tandil, Argentina. His specialty is reproductive physiology, and he is working as a member of an agriculture extension team with indigenous peoples of the Andes to improve llama and alpaca reproduction and management.
I had the pleasure of dining with Dr. Aba and GALA Co-Chair Anita Collina, Ph.D. It was a magical evening, sharing cultures and recipes, discussing llama research. What an education and a truly amazing experience.
Dr. Aba graciously shared his presentation resources.

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