The other llama fans of NZ
Big Ears Llama Ranch
Keith Payne runs a 20ha property in the Blythe Valley, 100km north of Christchurch. He runs one of only three guanaco studs outside of South America (the others are in the UK). The guanaco is under CITES protection. It's an international treaty drawn up in 1973 to protect wildlife against over-exploitation, and it means guanaco are now extremely difficult and expensive to source. Keith has bred carefully, using working type (known as Ccara) llama females and Dna-tested guanaco males to ensure the continuation of purebred llama bloodlines.
"A llama has a natural personal space of about a metre and a half... they are just so much safer (than sheep)."