Larry Lewellyn Loves His Llamas

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When you head to the stock show this year be sure to check out one of the most interesting things to be seen: the llamas!

 

When you head to the stock show this year be sure to check out one of the most interesting things to be seen: the llamas!

 

Larry and Deanna Lewellyn, owners of Foothills Llamas in Sedalia, show their champion bred llamas every year. They have owned Foothills Llamas for 32 years. The first 14 years, they bred llamas as pack animals for hunting and fishing expeditions. Now they breed them for show.

 

In fact, all of the llamas they show are champions. This year Foothills Caspian, Foothills Kaliman, and Foothills Seabreeze all won in the competitions that the Lewellyns entered in. Kaliman and Caspian won the Produce Category for llamas from the same mother, while all three won the Get-a-Sire Category for llamas with the same father.

 

But you might wonder, how can you show llamas? People may think that it would be really difficult because they have a bad rap for being mean animals that spit.

 

However, as Larry Lewellyn puts it, “You’d have a better chance of getting spit on by a cowboy than a llama.”

 

Contrary to popular belief, even though some llamas are bred as guard animals for other livestock, llamas are actually very friendly animals. According to Lewellyn, “They can be snuggly animals, but on their own terms.”

 

If you take care of the health issues of llamas, place a roof over their heads, and give them food to eat, they can be just as much as a man’s best friend as a dog is. Lewellyn’s llamas are so gentle that he let 8-year-old Avery Webb feed Foothills Caspian then lead him up to the show ring.

 

The Lewellyns love for llamas is clear, so it is no wonder that they are all champions.