Successful breeding of any animal
begins a focus on excellent conformation, good health and
reproductive fitness. These are the elements we sought in the blood lines
we selected. While banana ears,
ear and face wool, leg wool, long fleeces, suri locks, and very
fine diameter wool (measuring in the low microns) are
important to us and desired by many, they are really
just the "wrapping." Llamas do not walk on
their ears, nor do they need face and leg wool to
At Koenig's Wool-N-Fir Farm,
we have built our breeding program from the ground up.
Julie's degrees in animal science gave her the background to design
our breeding goals and then consistently use them in selecting our animals
and outside breedings. The conformation of the llama starting with
their proportions and legs has always been at the top of our
list of criteria, along with reproductive
soundness. We strive for large, well balanced,
athletic animals with fluid movement. With the
"foundation" set, we began working to improve our fleece quality
and the dispositions of our animals.
The result of breeding for ultra fine fiber
is seen in the number of blue ribbons and championships in
fleece competitions. In addition to competitions, we use an independent testing laboratory to
objectively assess our fiber quality. At one year of age, our offspring
have fleeces under 21 microns, with many
in the teens.
for animals that have the presence,
carriage and stretch that make them stand out, in the
pasture and in the show ring., but also have
the disposition to be comfortable in a Fourth of July parade, a
Christmas pageant "dressed" as a camel, or begging for
attention at the Oregon State Fair with their head and neck through
the gate on their stall getting pets from the crowds.
Animals bred at
our farm continue to excel in the show
indicating that we are achieving our breeding
objectives and receiving external recognition for our outstanding
a female is pregnant, we introduce the
to her in special breeding areas where the breeding
can be monitored and is safe for the animals. This also
insures that we have accurate breeding dates and a
Even though llama deliveries
usually do not require assistance, we try to be on
hand for each birth, and closely
monitor each animal when she approaches her due date.
We have even been known to sleep in the pasture or
stall with an expecting dam.