Formerly: M & W Llamas and Etcetera
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The Following Are Miniature Llama Farms, Suppliers, Services, Tips We Recommend
{Disclosure: We are not compensated in anyway by these recommendations.}

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~~ Some Items To Consider When Purchasing Miniature Llamas ~~
If a Miniature Llama Seller says/guarantees their crias/young miniature llamas are truly "Miniature Llamas and will remain that way to maturity & beyond" and you purchase the miniature llama(s) with that understanding, be sure to get it in writing on the seller's signed purchase contract and at what monetary and/or other recourse you will have if the subject miniature llama(s) does not remain miniature. Keep in mind the expense with how long it will take & how many miles you will have to travel to return the llama if that is part of your recourse agreement.
If not in writing, 'buyer beware'!
Due to the variations in growth rates and other biological circumstances, a breeder is truly unable to say for
100%  certainty that a young llama will stay a "miniature" until they have fully grown to 3 years of age and beyond. The goal is to breed miniatures sires and dams to achieve a miniature cria off spring, however, mother nature doesn't always follow well intended goals.
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The same scenario above applies to purchasing a pregnant miniature llama(s).
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The same scenario above applies to having the miniature llama's health verified before your take ownership and/or subject to when you can have your trusted veterinary do it.
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Note:
All states require at least a veterinary signed health certificate (some states require more tests) to import from the miniature llama(s)' origination state into the destination home state. Check with your 'State Veterinary' for importation requirements into your state. Also verify with your 'State Veterinary' what individual miniature llama identification is required for transporting your newly acquired miniature llama(s).
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uuu   Llama Feed   uuu

We are now using an excellent Llama feed mix from our local Southern States (SS) feed store since their prices have come down to a near  reasonable level and you can order any quantity at a time verse the need to order 2 tons at a time that our last mill (J.P.Green, Mocksville NC) required. Plus Southern States offers large quantity discounts which helps the cost factor.
Tip:  Store your feed in a room with a dehumidifier to extend its' freshness.
This will reduce the lost of your feed & will more than pay for the electricity to run it.

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uuu   Jeff's Sharpening Stone & Repair   uuu
www.jsharpeningstone.com

We have relied on Jeff for years to sharpen our llama shearing blades and he has never failed to sharpen them correctly with a long lasting edge.  He does blade sharpening, clipper repair, and how-to-care-for-your-shearing-equipment secessions for veterinaries, major pet stores, and several private concerns (local & mail order).  Contact Info:
Jeff's
Sharpening Stone and Repair

482 Robin Lane,  Archdale, N.C. 27263
jms@jsharpeningstone.com  or  jsharpening@gmail.com
www.jsharpeningstone.com

(336) 202 8203 

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uuu   Jeffers Livestock   uuu
www.jefferslivestock.com

They have been an outstanding resource for llama and livestock meds, needles, syringes, brushes & combs, wraps, shearing supplies, microchips, around the farm & barn supplies, etc., etc.... They carry supplies for most farm & home animals. Their customer service is top notch.

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uuu   JMK Tack     uuu
800-984-2900 (orders)  <> mkwz@centurytel.net  - 

We were using Ridge Mist for some of our supplies a few years back, especially Llama Halters & Leads. Sorry to say, they have discontinued business. Good news, Ridge Mist provided us with the supplier she was using for Llama Halters & Leads and we have since ordered & received llama halters & leads from them. They are of excellent quality and durability and very reasonably priced, plus delivery is fast.  They make Halters & Leads for miniature & regular size llamas, alpacas, camels, horses, donkeys, cattle, reindeer, etc....

email: mkwz@centurytel.net 800-984-2900 (orders) (They don't have a web site)
   
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Suggested Air Blower for Shearing -  An economical air blower for blowing dust and debris from your miniature llamas to prepare them for shearing is the lightweight, 4.6 pounds, Toro 51585 Power Sweep 7 amp 2-Speed Electric Blower.  We found it on Amazon for $ 34.97 (as of 6/19/17 - Price fluctuates $34-$49) and free shipping.  We also use the ones we have for cleaning out the stalls, and oh yes, blowing leaves.  Our mini llamas don't mind the blower's noise, as they are fairly quiet.  The two speeds comes in handy.  On hot humid days, our mini llamas like the slower speed blown on them to cool down.  You can spend your money on a $250 and up blower or buy one these and accomplish the same end result. We really didn't need the more expensive one.  Lesson learned after the fact, as we have both. 

Here is a tip: When preparing your mini llamas, llamas, or alpacas for shearing & want to save shearing blades, plus put less stress on your precious animals, blow all of the dust & debris out of their fiber to the point where you "can not see anymore dust being blown out". It is the grit & dirt in their fiber that will dull your shear blades down & make your clippers run hotter.  Also, dull blades pulls on the fibers of your mini llama making them very unhappy & stressed. Instead of doing 4-6+ mini llamas per blade, you'll be lucky if you are able to do 2 mini llamas per blade, if you don't blow your llamas completely out.


** If you are interested, here is information on what we use to shear our mini llamas with **

PDF Document: Mini Llama Shearing Info
(Please be aware the dollar amounts of the items shown may have changed.)

NOTE:  Don't despair, it takes time & practice to learn how to shear your llama(s). Once you get it, your will wonder what was all of the fuss.  It isn't so much the cost of the shears, as it is how you use them & take care of them. We have used the same low priced Shear noted above since the late 1990s without repair or replacing it & with high success in our shearing efforts as evidenced by the photos of our sheared mini llamas.
Tip:  If your precious llama is a mover & a shaker, you might want to consider building a low cost chute out of treated or painted lumber to hold him or her in it for their & your safety & ease of shearing. This would be ideal if you have just one or a few llamas. There are several plans available on the internet to build as specified or modify for improvement & to meet your needs. Or purchase a metal framed one with all of the straps, cushions, & holding devises, however they tend to be rather expensive. If you have several llamas, that may be the route to take as we finally did & haven't regretted it since then. We purchased our Chute & Scales from
Light Livestock Equipment & Supply in 2008 and haven't been disappointed with them or LLES's Customer Service.

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uuu   Tri-County Veterinary Service, P.A.   uuu
http://tricountyvet.com

We have used them for years for our miniature llamas, cats and other animals.
Their practice has been outstanding in the veterinary services we require for our miniature llamas & our other animals.

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z Cats  &  Kittens z
Please consider adopting a Kitten &/or a Mature Cat today....
Also don't forget our Puppy and Mature Dog friends....
They too need good forever homes....
Spay & Neuter, it's the right thing to do!!
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International Llama Registry

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Llama Association
               
Southern States Llama Association
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