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Monday, May 26, 2014

Guard Llama


We've been talking about getting a guard llama
for the last year.  What we believe to be a bobcat has taken three of our lambs in that time and yesterday
 we woke to find one of our ewes dead.

Even with hundreds of houses nearby,
we have a predator problem.


When you raise sheep, you expect to lose a few lambs
but not a 100 pound ewe.
It's one BIG predator!
We have paw prints to prove it.
Nearly 3 inches square.

So today,
we brought home another black and white spotted animal.
a guard llama named
Rikasha ("Ricochet")

He came from Mariko Llamas in Texas 
and was formerly shown in 4-H 
so he's mannerly and walks nicely on a halter.


Almost immediately the sheep were following him.
From the moment he stepped out the of the trailer,
he has been patrolling. It will take a few days for him to adjust to life at the Little Red Farmhouse.


Hopefully, our new Sergeant-at-Arms
will keep the predator at bay.


Nothing like a handsome guy on duty.
Happy Memorial Day!



24 comments:

  1. I bet it's a mountain lion :/ Several months ago I had one near my barn!!!
    Sorry about your losses :( Congratulations on your newest member of the family. I hope he keeps whatever it is away. Have a great day. We are getting tons of rain, hope you are too :)

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    1. Yikes! We think it was a bobcat since some have been nearby but it would be really big. We are going to talk to the wildlife dept tomorrow.
      Yes, we are getting lots of rain and we needed it badly. Glad you are too!

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  2. What a handsome guard you have! :)

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    1. Thank you, Rachy! I love how his spots match the sheep.

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  3. He is magnificent! It will be very interesting to see how things work out from this time forward. It must be very difficult to lose one of your beautiful sheep.

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    1. It was very hard loosing Flora. She was so pretty and sweet.

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  4. Hopefully, a llama stands still for shearing??? He looks awesome. Sorry for your loss of a prized ewe. A very hard part of loving and living with critters. God bless.

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    1. Usually llamas and alpacas stand still once they are caught and the shearer does a great job.

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  5. Oh Kim, I can only imagine how hard the losses must be, having never suffered a predator attack. I hope the llama is able to keep the sheep safe.

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    1. I can't believe you have never had issues but I'm so glad! We thought locking the lambs up at night after weaning and until they got older would work but we never thought we needed to protect the ewes too. Hope Rikasha helps.

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  6. Oh my! Hope he's able to help. I can't get over the sheep taking to him so well.

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    1. It's like they knew he would be the leader. Amazing. This morning they let us know they did not appreciate being locked up with him all night though! They'll adjust. ;)

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  7. Hello Kim, He looks very intimidating ....what a handsome guy! The sheep seem to be impress with the big guy. Your farm amazes me..Thank you for sharing your beautiful farm with us.

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    1. You are always so sweet with your compliments. Thanks for following.

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  8. I love how the sheep are following him around. They look like minions.

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    1. minions! funny. I didn't think of that.

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  9. It's so awful to see animal losses.Our kids show llamas at the county fair...their 4-H advisor has a llama farm nearby. We just had a lesson on how terrific guard llamas are...sounds like it was a great choice for your farm.

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  10. I hope so. So far we are really liking him. He is so gentle but also so aware of everything.

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  11. I am really glad you have him now, and I do hope that he is able to keep the flock safe. He's a big one, isn't he?

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    1. Yes, he is a BIG llama. 350 lbs! You will love him though. He's sweet.

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  12. Wow, handsome guy! I love that he matches the sheep! I'm so sorry for your losses though. That is so hard, especially when it's a ewe!

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    1. And of course it couldn't have been one that we were thinking of selling. Oh well. Rikasha seems to be working. At least he is always watching.

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  13. Great photos. I especially love the last one. I find it amazing that they just immediately started following him around. I wish you the best of luck.

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