We can not stress enough the need to shear llamas. This should be part of their care and maintenance. Our climate in Deep East Texas is 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 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 the animals shed and shearing all of our animals, short or long wooled.
Every llama at Gin Creek Ranch is shearedat least once a year. Every animal is groomed on a regular basis. We begin shearing in March, and our goal is to finish by the middle of May - before the very hot season arrives. We stress the absolute need for a yearly shearing.