GK Kanta is a wooly-llama dam born in Germany in 2004. She is the undisputed leader of our llama herd and she is in charge of both the males and the females. Kanta has a very clear way of expressing herself. One could say she speaks “plain llama”. Kanta’s view on things, people or other llamas won’t go unnoticed. Towards people she is a real sweetie, but on hikes she may try to make her mark by either slowing down or speeding up her pace.
Kim the llama stud was born in Switzerland in 2007. He is a solid boy with strong legs. The lush fur on his legs highlights his powerful bone structure even more. Kim is a staid gentleman, but he loves to show off: the bigger his audience, the better! Luckily for him he gets to enjoy an audience often, since he is our most versatile llama: carrying the pack saddle on hiking trips, pulling a cart, carrying a saddle for children or enjoying his favorite pastime: the challenge of an agility track.
Ylitalo’s Jingo is a wooly-llama stud born in 2010. He is a bouncy chap, a jolly jumper llama-style. On the other hand he is sweet and endearing, like a giant teddy bear. I say giant because, well, Jingo is pretty tall for a llama – probably one of the tallest llamas in Finland. His height at the withers is approx. 125 cm, making his full height 180 cm. Jingo serves as a pack llama on hiking trips and he loves agility. In 2014 this mister won the bronze medal in the Finnish llama- and alpaca-agility championships.
Metsälampi’s Giselle is a wooly-llama dam born in 2011. What makes Giselle special is her drive to sniff each and every visitor in the stable. Tassles on winter hats are her favourite sniff objects. Giselle is a sweet girl, but she can be single-minded on things. Agility is not her cup of tea, and that’s a principle Giselle is determined to stick to.
Hutko’s Kielo is a medium-llama dam born in 2013. Kielo is the most affectionate of our llama herd and she will be among the first to greet visitors. When out on an Animal visit, we can always count on Kielo. She has nerves of steel; she is fearless and fond of people. Kielo moves as smoothly in an elderly home or school as she does on raw terrain. Moreover, she loves taking the elevator!
Hutko’s Timotei is a medium-llama stud born in 2014. Timotei was gelded, so he is an official llama gelding. Timotei is a spirited, yet gentle lad. The real studs don’t care much about Timotei, which is why he hangs out with the dams most of the time. Timotei is trained as pack llama and he often gets to wear a pack saddle on hiking trips.
Hutko’s Vinka is a wooly-llama dam born in 2015. Vinka is a sociable, calm and inquisitive lady. Just like her mother Kanta, Vinka will not leave you in doubt of what she is thinking.
Hutko’s Paju is a medium-llama stud born in 2016, who has inherited his granny Orvokki’s funny face mask pattern. Paju is a lively boy, and an eager one for learning. Paju is currently training to become a pack llama and he is definitely hooked on llama-agility.
Hutko’s Kaneli is a wooly-llama stud born in 2016. Kaneli has the same staid and calm nature as his father Kim. He also inherited Kim’s solid shape.
Hutko’s Lilja is a wooly-llama dam born in 2016 and despite her young age, she’s already a heart breaker. Lilja has the same funny face mask as her grandmother Orvokki. She has the sociable nature/upbringing of her mother Kielo and the steady frame of her father Kim.
Llamas are intelligent and teachable animals. Llamas were originally used as pack animals and that is exactly the purpose they are serving on our farm as well: carrying the requisites on hiking trips. Besides carrying things, llamas can be taught a whole range of skills. Llamas can pull light carts. One can also ride on their back, at least children can, but bigger llamas can carry a slim adult on their backs. Llamas can even learn to run an agility track and some really enjoy the sport.
A llama makes a great hiking companion, who carries all your equipment comfortably on his back.
I noticed our llama studs were in need of a challenge, and agility seems to fit them. The dams are usually a bit on the cautious side and don’t enjoy agility tracks that much. What can I say, boys will be boys, also with llamas.
A llama carriage makes a nice means of transport on the road, and brings a smile on the face of passers-by.
A llama fits well in the Finnish forests. Llamas stand sure on their feet and the specific structure of their feet, which seems more of a paw than a hoof, makes them move smoothly on sandy paths and other uneven terrain.
A llama can be made saddle broke, albeit to a limited extent due to its slender build. Tall llamas can carry an adult.