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Happy New Year!



Would you like to know more about the LAA and our fascinating animals?

Enjoy a tour through our site:


January 2015

What's New:

New: Llamas For Sale:

Please note our new Section: Llama For Sale. Members are welcome to list llamas here. Others can find information about llamas for sale and contact the advertising member. The Member Forum is also available for communicating about other subjects.

Spring Llama Lines available now...

Members should have received their Spring Llama Lines by now, either in the post or via email. Editor Jane Ashton has again done an outstanding job for all of us.

Thanks to Jane, and all of you who've submitted material to her and thanks to past editor Matt Jones who was there to help and who took on the big job of posting LL to you. The Spring issue features reports from the November AGM, including a list of the new committee members. You'll also find pages full of colourful articles, information and entertainment.

Members can download the current Llama Lines here.

1. It took the radio 38 years and the television only
13, but the internet reached 50 million users in only 4
2. The computer mouse was invented by Doug
Engelbart in 1963. It was made out of wood.
3. In 2009 the average number of Internet
transactions per second was 2,000. The total number
of goods sold was worth $60 billion.
4. Early hard disks in personal computers held only
20 MB of data and cost around $800. In 2010 you could
get a 2 GB flash drive for around $8. This implies that
there is a 100-fold reduction in the price and a 100-fold
increase in storage capacity.
5. Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, the first female
admiral in the US Navy is also known in the computer
world for creating the popular programming language
COBOL. She also came up with the term ‘debugging’
after removing a moth from a computer.
6. The computing power in today’s cell phones is
much higher than the processing power of all the
computers in the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander that put 2
men on the moon.
7. The two main components in IT (Information
Technology) are hardware and software. But there is
also a lesser known ‘grey’ component. This is the
software that is stored in hardware and cannot be
modified easily. It is known as ‘firmware’.
8. There are over 20 billion web pages on the
internet, and that number is rapidly growing every day.
Also, there are over 2 billion internet users worldwide at
9. RIM (the BlackBerry operating system company) coCEO
and co-founder Mike Lazaridis dropped out of
college to start his own company. He did so after
reading Microsoft’s founder, Bill Gates’, book.
10. The first hard disk drive was created in 1979 by
Seagate. Its capacity was a whopping (not) 5 MB.
HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple have one thing in
common – apart from the obvious that they are IT
companies. They were all started in garages.
12. The 12 engineers at IBM that developed the
IBM PC had a code name – “The Dirty Dozen”.
13. The first and still the oldest domain name to
be registered is, it was created on
March 15th, 1985.

You can contact Jane for compliments, suggestions, contributions and information at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

2014 AGM: Victoria - Done and Dusted!

(31 October - 2 November 2014)

Your new Committee can be found at Membership/Committee Members from the left menu.

What a wonderful few days we had in Victoria. There was something for everyone! Our new Committee was elected and we attended to the usual business. And we had a couple of entertaining and very informative programs. Attendees now know a lot about llama dental problems and they learned a great deal about how our fibre is processed and where we can send it to be processed as well as where we can sell it.

Five llamas from Hanging Rock Llamas also attended and we had a good time with them. Mark showed us five different packs and how to fit them and then we walked the llamas to the Aspey Cafe for a wonderful lunch while the llamas munched away in the back garden.

The best part of every AGM is catching up with old friends and meeting new ones and there was ample time for that!

Watch this space for news about the 2015 AGM - we are already looking forward to it.

Rules Relaxed for Camelids entering Queensland:

In the past only llamas from WA have been able to enter Queensland without testing. Recently these regulations were changed to also allow camelids from NT, SA, and NSW. Victorian & Tasmanian animals are still excluded unless they are from a MN1 or Q-Alpaca property or are tested. According to the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry:

“Camelids may enter Queensland from Western Australia, the Northern Territory, New South Wales or South Australia provided they are:

▪   from a herd which is not infected (IN), suspected (SU) or restricted (RD).

Certification requirements - Certificate of Health and a NVD/waybill.

Camelids may only enter Queensland from Victoria or Tasmania provided they are

▪   from a herd which has a status of MN1 or better status in the MAP or is accredited under Q-Alpaca.Certification requirements - Certificate of Health and a waybill."

For further information:

Dr. Harry meets member Glynda Bluhm and her delightful llamas:

Did you see member Glynda Bluhm showing her llamas to Dr. Harry on Better Homes and Gardens?

If not, click here to see these delightful llamas.

From the Committee:

Your committee is always hard at work behind the scenes keeping your association running. They welcome your input. If you want to communicate with any of them - details can be found from the left menu:
Membership/Committee Members page.

Here's how to join/renew your LAA membership for 2014-2015:

The new llama year began the beginning of July. The membership form to join or renew your membership can be found at Membership (left column this page) Apply Online where you can download the two-page form. You can mail, email, or direct deposit your membership fees to the Treasurer.

For questions and information please contact Wendy Bell, Treasurer:

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Book Reviews:

Alpaca (and Llama) Agskills - A Practical Guide to Farm Skills

Is Your Mama A Llama?

Spinning Llama and Alpaca (2nd Edition)

Llama Drama - for kids of all ages

What Animal Am I?

Resource Library feature articles:

Papillomavirus in Llamas
By Helen Smith Burston

Working llama
Six Wild Boys in training
Shearing Llamas (and alpacas)
Llama Lovers Escorted Out of Bush Fire
Put your best foot (and teeth) forward,
Feeding llamas
How can I tell if my llama is sick?
Adding new llamas to the herd
Clicker training llamas
A llama birth
Worming llamas
Training tips- desensitization
All that glitters is not goldImportance of Faecal Testing
Importance of Vitamins and MineralsJjack of All Trades
Australian Guanaco update

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