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Big Ears Llama Ranch

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature | Llamas - www.bigearslla­ma­ranch.com

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)."

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