Our llama experience
began with the purchase of a male for the protection of our sheep; we fell
in love with his personality and were hooked. They are very gentle
creatures as well as entertaining to watch. Llama fiber is classified as a
specialty fiber mainly due to the small amount
produced in comparison to sheep’s wool. They come in a wide variety of
colors and patterns, like our sheep we breed for color. The wool of a
llama is light and greaseless and is collected by shearing or brushing of
the animal, ours are sheared once a year at the same time as our sheep.
Llamas are herd
animals and are happier when they are not alone; they can become panicked
and have been known to go over or through fences to be with other animals
or their “person”. Llamas live 15 to 30 years with an average weight
between 250 to 450 pounds.
Crias (newborns) weigh 20 to 35 pounds
when they are born, most of that being legs! They are related to the camel
with the only real difference between the two is the lack of the
characteristic humps of the camel.
At Willow Ridge Farm
we combine 30% llama hair with 70% sheep’s wool providing us with a soft,
lightweight and durable blend for hand spinners to create that special
yarn for a wide variety of projects.
At Willow Ridge
Farm we raise English Angora rabbits that provide us with some of the most
luxurious wool. The English is one of 4 different Angora breeds and the
smallest, with a weight between 5 to 8 pounds. They have very few guard
hairs (course and thick) making them the softest of all breeds. Angora
wool is “harvested” without hurting the bunny, usually obtained by
shearing with scissors or by the plucking of the wool. An Angora’s coat
“ripens” meaning new wool starts to grow under the old making it very easy
to pull from the bunny. We harvest our wool 3 to 4 times a year depending
on the bunny with some growing faster than others.
We have had as
many as 60 of these cute and adorable creatures requiring many hours of
combing and brushing. This is very much a high maintenance animal and
should be owned by a serious person willing to invest the time and energy
into keeping them groomed. Like our llamas we blend our Angora with
sheep’s wool with the end result being extremely soft and warm, the
of an Angora is 7 times warmer than sheep’s so to blend the two is a
Every spring and
fall we have bunnies for sale, if you are interested in Angoras and would
like more information or to purchase one, contact us and we would be
more than happy to help!
We will ship to any of the 48 contiguous states for $3.95. To ship outside this area, please contact us for a quote.