The Alpaca Guardians:
Toma, Beverly and Karen
Bob and I were learning all we could about the alpaca industry
I came across an advertisement for guardian llamas. This
peeked our interest since one of our concerns was predator protection,
especially from coyotes, foxes and dogs.
We contacted the
Llama Placement Program, Groton, VT. We discussed our needs
and concerns as alpaca owners, and they
agreed that a guard llama was exactly what we needed.
special guard llama is D & K’s Toma. He was born April
4, 1996 in Vermont where he grew up and did his training.
He successfully completed all his training on several different
farms and was screened
and certified on August 15, 1998 as a member of The Guardian
Llama Registry - Registration #0023. Toma is certified to
arrived at Acorn Alpaca Ranch on November 17, 1998
along with our first alpacas. At that time he was barely larger
only 165 pounds, although very alert, inquisitive and
friendly. Immediately we knew he was a guardian - he
a thing, always confronting possible trouble while
Today Toma is a delight! He is 376 pounds
and still growing! He loves attention, will eat from your hand,
and enjoys walks, which enables him to explore the ranch on “the
other side” of the fences. Toma loves to play with the cria.
Although he is many times their size Toma is extremely gentle, never
allowing any of them to wonder off without him. Toma is an excellent
our ranch and herd expanding quickly, we added two
additional guard llamas in Oct. 2000: Balfour Karen
Beverly. Both girls
immediately took their job seriously - they instinctively
walked all the parameter fences and got to know all
the alpacas, and
of course their fellow Guardian Toma.
Toma took over the weanling, yearling,
herdsire areas while Beverly and Karen remained with the many
pregnant females and their cria.
Karen particularly enjoys the cria, mothering them all. Toma spends
most of his time with the yearling boys (teenagers) now but always
has a watchful eye on the rest of the herd, including the newborns.
He gets to know all the alpacas.
the evening Toma and/or the cria get the entire
herd going. They race from the barn to the pastures,
then back to the pastures. It is such a delight
to watch them.
With Toma, Karen and Beverly on
never lost an
animal to a predator. We invite you to come
and meet our wonderful llamas! We highly recommend
as herd guardians
who raises alpacas, goats, sheep, horses,
cows, geese, ducks, etc.