Rama Llama Ranch began in 1994. We acquired 18 acres of wooded land north of Farmersville Texas with the intention of starting a llama herd. My Father, W.D. Knickerbocker, had spent some time in South America in the early 1970′s and came home with tales and pictures of llamas. I have been fascinated by them ever since.
Llamas are curious, shy, protective, quiet, gentle and a constant joy.
Initially, as we started our herd, we purchased a solid white female with blue eyes and pink nails, the Dali llama. My Dali is named after Salvador Dali. Our first stud, Strait-Black, a solid black heavy wool llama came next. We acquired out third llama, Snickers, an appy, at the Texas State Fair that fall. The following February, two pregnant females were bought at the Ft. Worth stock show. We had out first standing babies, both males, in the fall of 1996 and we were on our way as breeders. In the spring of 1998 we bought a herd of 8 females, most pregnant.
The herd has varied in size over the years. We breed for llamas with lots of color and gentle warm dispositions. We work now to maintain a range of 20-25 llamas so that we have more time to experience the pleasure of working one on one with the animals.
When we started the ranch, llamas were new not only to us but, also our vet so we acquired several veterinary books for my use and for the use of our local vet. Having a great vet and some reference guides are invaluable. Caring for Llamas A Health and Management Guide by Clare Hoffman, D.V.M. and Ingrid Asmus is an excellent reference for the llama owner.