Yes, as you may have guessed,
the picture to the right was taken in our house, specifically the
kitchen. Earlier in the day, Gold Glitter's grooming was
finished, she had a bath*
and then grazed in the yard while her fleece air dried (this
preserves the lock structure of the fiber which is important when
the fleece is judged). By the time that Glitter was dry, it
was getting dark and our evening breeze had kicked up. Of
course, we brought her inside to be sheared - the fiber doesn't blow
away in the breeze and the kitchen has better lights than the barn!
- the details of Julie's bathing process were shared with the
Willamette Valley Llama Association (WVLA) in an issue of the 2002
WVLA Newsletter. Here is the
bathing article in a Word
As you might tell from the description above,
we take our fiber very seriously and are very proud of
what we are producing.
Call us for available colors and fiber quality
of the raw fleeces. We both hand spin our fiber, so we strive for
the best quality fiber that is devoid of dirt, vegetation, etc.!
We have had some of our fleeces turned into roving (carded and ready
to spin). Call for availability of quality and color in our
Developed by Julie, this grooming spray has
been used by our farm and also many top breeders from coast to coast. Whether you compete in
multiple shows with multiple animals each year or just want to make
the grooming process on a single animal be less stressful for both
of you - this
product can help.
How to use
- When we are doing "touch-grooming"
(a few minutes to get small amounts of hay, etc. off the animal,
we spray the part of the animal we want to groom lightly with
begin to brush the area. The brush glides through the wool
more easily and the grooming process is quicker.
- When we want to "deep groom" an
area - for example, the unsheared areas of the animal like the
shoulders, neck or "feed box" where the neck attaches to the
back. In these areas we will part the wool in multiple
places and spray in a liberal amount of
Let the area dry and then begin the grooming process with your
blower. Go back and forth with the blower to part the wool
and you will find many of the small pieces of hay and other
vegetation get blown out of the wool. When you begin to
brush again, lightly spray in more
and continue to brush to get out all the debris.
When we are doing deep grooming, we sometimes
have the blower in one hand to part the wool and the
sprayer in the other hand - this does require some coordination!
We were taught an easier way by
Bitter Creek Llamas - they
used a pump up sprayer (larger than one gallon capacity) and have
cut a small slit in the rubber nozzle of their circuiteer.
They put the sprayer nozzle into the small slit in the circuiteer
nozzle, turn on the blower, aim it at the llama and squeeze the
trigger on the pump sprayer. With this method they can apply
up to a gallon of
to the entire llama in under two minutes! The llama is left in a
clean area to air dry and then blown and brushed to finish the
process. They told us that they give the animal a water bath
at the beginning of the show season and then do
baths" for the rest of the year! Thanks to Dick and Kim
Murphy for sharing a great way to apply our product!
For more information about
grooming spray, call Julie at 541-752-5434 (Pacific time zone) or e-mail Hal at Hal.Koenig@KoenigLlamas.com.
We have been asked more than once, "how do you
get your white animals THAT white?!" - the answer is
Spotlight Shampoo. We now
have limited quantities of
Spotlight available. For more
Spotlight please call or e-mail.