Pack Animal Magazine

LLAMA PACKING

A Packer's Responsibility
LLAMA PACKING

A Packer's Responsibility

by Dr. Murray E. Fowler, DVM (SPRING 2012)

Llama packers in the United States will remember the challenges posed by a planned exclusion of llamas for Canyon Lands National Park in Utah. Similar exclusionary policies have been put in place in California. Another such policy is being attempted in Alaskan wilderness areas.

Some battles seem to be endless. Sometimes the challenges raised by government agencies are mired in beaurocracy or political overtones and sometimes downright bias. I have personally participated in discussions with government officials, trying to explain the lack of risk by using published scientific information only to have my words fall on deaf ears. Instead, I heard statements such as...

The Merits of Packing Females and Geldings
LLAMA PACKING

The Merits of Packing Females and Geldings

by Kristy Brown (FALL 2019)

The industry standard for many years has been to use only intact male llamas as packers. There were concerns about stamina and weight-bearing limitations for females and the risk of a llama getting loose and becoming feral and birthing in the backcountry. Geldings had an even bigger stigma with concerns about conformation issues developing due to gelding them. But I would like to share some experiences and encourage you to consider packing your females and geldings.