You need very little special equipment to keep llamas.

Food buckets for hard food – small flexible buckets are very suitable, and you can buy ‘mangeoirs’ which can be hooked over gates.

Water containers – large flexible buckets work well, or there are many farming or do-it-yourself alternatives.

In field shelters or stables, some sort of simple hay rack is needed – big enough to allow your llamas to feed comfortably side by side.

Halters and leads are needed for all llamas that you might want to take out on walks, or move regularly between fields.

Grooming brushes. It’s entirely up to you whether you brush your llamas. We do brush the males that we walk and the young llamas that we are getting used to handling. We occasionally brush the adult females who we reared – just to keep them used to this sort of handling. We don’t brush some older females or the entire males. Rubber toothed ‘slicker brushes’ are readily and cheaply available from shops selling horse equipment.

Shearing equipment. Unlike sheep, llamas do not have to be sheared. We don’t shear ours, as we think it places an unnecessary burden on them to regrow the fibre. Our advice would be not to shear unless you are planning to use the fibre for spinning. Large kitchen scissors can be used to trim any odd or tangled ends.

Nail trimmers. Llamas that don’t walk on rocky ground (or along roads) will develop long toe-nails, especially on the rear feet. These can be trimmed using special clippers (very much like garden secateurs). Trimming is easy with a llama that’s used to being handled – though we have found that these llamas tend to be the ones you walk, and so are not in need of trimming! Some llamas (for example, our entire males) we don’t even try to trim, and they manage fine without.