Our local knitting guild was treated to a tour of a llama farm. This was a special treat, since the llamas were incredibly tame. They gave "kisses", which is to say that they gently nuzzle your face, to see how you smell. They are even more familar with their owner, adding a gentle (I hope it was) chin nip to the nuzzle. Her back scratches are welcomed and enjoyed to an extreme when the right spot is scratched.
My only other contacts with llamas has been as guards for alpacas. I've heard stories of their ferocity in defending the flock, so I was surprised to see how gentle these animals can be.
These llamas enjoy their days in a meadow which is graced by a view of the mountains.
Interesting llama lore: These llamas are sheared standing up; it's just the owner's preference. She puts them in a squeeze chute and shears them with scissors. She used to use hand shears, but found it too difficult to find some place to sharpen them.
These alpacas were sheared by the shearer this year. That meant they were stretched out flat and tied while being sheared. This didn't sit too well with the farmer and her gentle approach to her animals, but it was effective.
The result is seen in these bags and bags of fleece, all of which has to be sorted and picked clean before it is boxed and sent off to be processed.