The New Zealand Llama Association

The most important thing the NZLA offers is a place you can meet people with a shared interest – llamas! A place where you can share information, get help or advice, and  where we support each other to promote the well-being llamas.

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What we do

  1. To educate owners and interested members of the public in the needs, care and welfare of llamas.
  2. To promote llamas and their uses as companion animals and pets.
  3. To facilitate and encourage fun activities with llamas.
  4. To liaise with government and other authorities on behalf of members on matters pertaining to llama ownership, care and use.
  5. To provide a communication forum for the sharing of news, ideas and knowledge relevant to llama ownership, care and use.
  6. To negotiate, set up and operate agencies, or other arrangements with other Camelid organisations where applicable to achieve the objectives of the association.
  7. To encourage compliance with a code of conduct for llama ownership
  8. To provide a registry for the collection of information of all New Zealand llamas and for the registration of llamas.

Llama Stocking Rates

This time of the year, when it is cold, wet and the days are short, is a good time to look at the paddocks and decide on stocking levels for the coming year. It is so easy to see the abundant grass in Spring or Autumn and add more stock or do more matings...

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For the llove of llamas

Country Life 9:40 pm on 15 September 2017 A large herd of llamas live on Keith Payne's 30-hectare hill property tucked into the secluded Blythe Valley in North Canterbury.  His is one of only two guanaco studs outside South America. Several of...

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What Exactly is a Ccara Llama?

When I commenced my research into the history of llamas a number of years ago, I was at first surprised that the word for llama in both Quechua and Aymara is “KARA”. As the indigenous people did not have a written language, this was expressed in english by...

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A Day in the Life of a Wild Llama

He didn’t have a name, but if a name had been appropriate he would be called Pacha Kuyuy, the Quechua word for earthquake. An hour after he was born, a mighty quake had rattled through the Andes. That was 8 years ago. Today he had been awake, on alert, for...

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Newsletter August 2017

A big hello to everyone all over New Zealand, I trust winter has been kind to you. I can sense it is beginning to weaken and the warmer weather this week should hopefully be testament to the coming of spring. But do not reduce your vigilance in regard to...

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Newsletter July 2017

Greetings to all, it has been a pretty eventful winter from a weather point of view, I trust you have all managed safely through it and your llamas and other stock have faired well. I find it is a useful task to body score all my llamas at mid winter, I was surprised...

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AGM 2017 Report

NZLA AGM week-end hosted by Fernhill Llamas and friends. We met on Friday night for a welcome meal and catch up by the fire. On Saturday some of us went to Lyttelton Market to get bread for lunches and visit Robyn's new house which is in the process of...

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President’s Report

Well g’day everyone and I must say at the outset it is a pleasure to be back with the NZLA in this function. Many thanks to the outgoing committee for their work during the past period, we must always be appreciative of the effort made by volunteers in support of the...

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Llama lovers week-end

Llama lovers week-end Registration required by 21st April, 2017 A great weekend for anyone interested in llamas, breeding conformation crafts. Come for part of the weekend or come for all. Venue Fernhill, 58 Zephyr Terrace, Governors Bay. Contact sara@saracrane.co.nz...

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Newsletter February 2017

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all managing with the unsettled summer we have all been having. From the droughts in the North Island and the top of the South Island, to the derth of summer weather in the South, it has certainly been a challenging season. Then add to this...

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