Llamas and alpacas (both members of the lama family) make excellent pets and working animals, and also produce wool for textiles. Learn about care, grooming, feeding, training, social behavior and communication, fiber types, guard lamas, showing, judging and careers.
Fun fact: Lama is the genus and llama (with two "l"s) is the species.
4-H Lama Training Clinic
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - Benton County Fairgrounds, Sauk Rapids
1 p.m. registration; program to run from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
RSVP by May 25, 2017
Join us for this 4 hour training clinic to learn more about the Lama Project and polish your skills to show at the fair. The session will be packed full of hands on learning opportunities for beginners to advanced youth. Yes, bring your llamas! Don’t have one? Let us introduce you to these amazing animals!
Important project information:
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This exciting training is designed for those interested in getting started in judging county fair 4-H lama shows as well as those who would like to get a 4-H lama project started in their county. More info
All youth participating as a State Fair 4-H livestock exhibitor in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbit, meat and dairy goat, and lama must have completed the Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics workshop. Certification is good for three fair seasons. The level of training required is determined by the grade of the youth at the time the training takes place.
Dates and locations vary by county. Check this list for more information.
4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info
Beginning to learn about lama
Some experience with this project:
Looking for a challenge:
Learning resources for all levels:
- Lama Showmanship Rules and Guidelines Curriculum - updated/revised November 2015
- Lama Performance Class Rules and Guidelines (PDF) - updated January 2015
Other learning opportunities:
- Be a youth livestock committee member. 3 youth project members will be selected for 1 year terms to help plan and organize the State Fair 4-H Lama Project experience. Members must have extensive Lama project and leadership experience. Applicants must be 9th grade or older, eligible for next year's 4-H, currently enrolled in lama project, previously exhibited at MN State Fair and complete this application. Word version - PDF - fillable version Application due November 18, 2016
Other online resources
- Llama - Helper's Guide (PDF)
To get involved with the 4-H Lama Project, contact your county 4-H office.
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