Our foundation herd has been selected from lineages in the past and present that command the most desirable Llama traits in body and spirit. Llama enthusiasts and experts knew quality and bestowed winning honours on the best in the show ring and historically paid thousands to have those same qualities immersed into their breeding programmes. One of the most lucrative Llama sales on record occured in August of 2003, only twenty years ago. The Final Fiesta Sale in Colorado. Chileano Cuello Largo sold at $110,000.00, Chileno Sirichachi at $100,000.00, the highest selling male, Newevo at $220,000.00. Others, Chepa $110,000.00, Senorita Christina $89,000.00, MGF Spellbound $78,000.00 and Carra $63,000.00. Certainly an interesting piece of Llama History.
Unfortunately it was just a matter of time. With such high returns, over breeding became the norm and the market became saturated. The economic downturn further complicated the plight of the Llama in Canada. When the economy crashed, so did the desire to breed, own and pay for the best. To eliminate the cost of their upkeep, and the loss of financial return, many Llamas both in Canada and the United States met a 'meat market' end. A tragic circumstance, as we are sure many a stong bloodline has been lost forever. So for those holdouts that continued to protect their wards under extreme circumstances, a heartfelt thank you. Please note that importations from South America are banned and have been for a number of years now. Consequently the existing diversification of genetics in Canada is an real point of concern. Within the United States diversification is relatively strong but remains unchanged.
However, that being said, those magnificent, sensitive, intelligent beings called 'Llama' are now very affordable for folks wishing to experience the rewards of ownership. To know that your barnyard companion's heritage was among the most sought after in times past - actually the 'best' but beyond reach in the past - is now an ownership reality for anyone that opens up their heart and farm.
Llamas are extremely versatile. They have many uses - packing/trekking; carting; guarding; fibre production; therapy; 4-H; companionship and if that's not enough - Llama bean droppings (the best of all animal) fertilizer for plants and gardens.
Our price range depends on the individual Llama. Many factors play a part in establishing our pricing policy. The phenotype - Suri, Silky, Part Argentine, whether male or female, show, breeding or pet quality as well as age. As we are a breeding farm our core foundation herd will continue to reside at Misty Morn Farms - their 'forever' home.
Please note that prices in the U.S. for Llamas are rising. One of the most recent sales re: The Cascade Llama Sale 2023, reported the highest selling female at $ 6,800.00 U.S. - Male $ 5,500. U.S. In Canada prices are still less but given the lack of active breeding programmes we anticipate that Canadian prices will be influenced by the American market.