We can not stress enough the need to shear your llamas. This should be part of their care and maintenance. Our climate in Deep East Texas is, as one might expect, quite warm.
In the summer it is not unusual for our temperatures
to hit and exceed
100+ degrees over many consecutive days!
Heat like this is unpleasant for man and beast. Heat exhaustion is cumulative and it is imperative to give llamas a break from these unbearable days.
We have installed fans in all of the llama pens and even have water cooled units to reduce the temperature in our barns. The llamas also have plenty of shade, and water sprinklers that most stand or walk through. Our first line of defense begins before the heat hits.........grooming out the loose wool for the animals that shed and shearing all of our animals, short or long wooled.
Every llama at Gin Creek Ranch is shearedat least once a year. On our Ranch every animal is groomed on a regular basis. We begin shearing in March, and our goal is to have them all done by the middle of May - before the very hot season arrives. We stress to all buyers the absolute need for a yearly shearing, and we sell all our animals sheared, weather permitting. We will shear any animals which were purchased in the winter that next Spring.
We feel so strongly about shearing that we have begun a yearly Shearing Day for llama owners to bring their animals to our ranch on Good Friday.
An appointment can be made for other times. 903.655.0555