Hemstreet Farm has carefully selected outstanding dams for breeding with our herd sires in the past. Our focus was on producing outstanding classic and light wool llamas that are proud, stretchy, and friendly. The list of herd ire Lucero’s offspring that have won Grand or Reserve Grand Championships in halter or performance competition at major shows includes: Cusi Llama, Chachani, Misti Chaska, Cotopaxi, BC Lucas Mathias, Lucero’s Shining Image, Wayra Chaska, and Tungurahua. Hemstreet Farm has won the Premier Breeder award at the Big E show in 2009 and in 2011. We no longer provide breeding services.
What exactly are classic llamas?
The fundamental attributes that most clearly identify a Classic llama include:
* Distinct double‐coat with abundant guard hair over the entire body. * Notable sparse‐coat (not dense). * Under wool molts seasonally. * Short neck wool with a distinct "mane" of guard hair. * Short hair on their faces, ears and lower legs. * A large "window" of short, smooth hair on either side of their sternum. Lower leg hair may be either "smooth" (straight) or "rough" (wavy, kinked, or with curl) * The length of guard hair on a classic llama can vary from 2 to 12 inches but more commonly falls in the 3 to 9 inch range. The length of wool fiber beneath can vary from approximately 2 to 5 inches.
Photograph of a llama herder on the Bolivian altipano near Oruro (4,000 meters elevation) taken in 1985 by Mike Sheridan. The herd of fully packed llamas is returning from the Amazonian rain forest loaded with goods traded for salt from the Bolivian salars (high altitude salt lakes).