A member of the camel family, llamas are adapted to the harsh conditions of the high Andes Mountains, where they subsist on a wide variety of grasses and other plants. But here in the United States, where the landscape and vegetation is different, what do llamas eat?
This is one of the main questions that any homesteader or farmer must ask before committing to llamas, which are raised as pets, guard animals and for their fiber.
In the U.S., a llama’s diet usually consists of foraged plant material, hay and a limited amount of specific grains and supplements. Here are some tips from experts on what llamas should eat — and what they shouldn’t.
Llamas are herbivores that are built to forage on a wide variety of plants, much like goats and sheep. They eat grasses, flowering plants, shrubs and even trees.
“They keep the pasture clear of brush,” said Michael Sheridan, who has been raising and breeding llamas for more than 25 years on the historic Hemstreet Farm in East Aurora, New York. “[My pasture] looks like a freshly mowed lawn.”
Aislinn Sarnacki is the BDN Act Out editor, focusing on outdoor recreation and Maine wildlife. She can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter: @1minhikegirl, and Instagram:...
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