La Mara Springs is now raising llamas in
Tennessee. Our farm has been relocated to Elmwood, TN on the Cumberland River east of Nashville on the Cumberland Plateau.
This area is famous for it's beautiful scenery, fishing, zinc mines, Cordell Hull Lock & Hydro Dam and Cordell Hull WMA.
We were very fortunate to find this unique property of about 30 acres. The big old tobacco barn has been turned into
housing for the 18 selected llamas from our Champion herd we had in WI . Plan to keep our herd small, focusing more on the
fiber. Also looking forward to attending llama shows and fiber activities in our new home of Tennessee & surrounding area.
Lamar - meaning famous land and that it was with the Native American Indians. The natural springs in this area
were a source of fresh water that never froze in the winter months. They are also the beginning of Parson's Creek
which flows north into the Fond du Lac River and thus into Lake Winnebago.
La Mara Springs
Llama Farm is located about 5 1/2 miles south of Fond du Lac in the ledge region of east central Wisconsin and about l hour
north of Milwaukee.
We purchased the remaining 79 1/4 acres, with an old farm house and
farm buildings in Oct. of 1988. The farm was origionally 180 acres and was at one time part of a multi-farm dairy operation
named Luxrine Farms.
Having a few Arabian & part Arabian horses, we soon transformed
the farm buildings to accommodate our horses. Since Barbara had loved horses since birth, the idea of being horseless
seemed an impossability. But in 1993 she discovered llamas and a year later all the horses were gone. Once
again the buildings and fences were modified to accommodate her "llama habit".
Over the years, the size of our herd varies between 25 to 35 llamas. Barbara has been very involved in the llama
community and industry. She served on the ORGLE (Wisconsin Organization of Lama Enthusiasts) Board of Directors and
is also a past president. We are members of ALSA (Alpaca and Llama Show Association), ILR (International Lama Registry),
ILR-SD (Show Division of the ILR),members of ORGLE (Wisconsin Llama Enthusiasts) and LOM (Lamas of MN) . Barbara
is very enthusiastic about showing the llamas and has conducted show and training seminars and clinics for youths and adults.
As a 4-H Leader, she spearheaded the 4-H Lama Project in our area and organized the 4-H and Open Llama Show held at our county
fair. She has also judged llama shows at other county fairs. She conducts on the farm tours, visits schools and nursing homes,
and has participated in local parades with the llamas. She loves "talking llamas" and educating the public
about these wonderful animals.
John has worked for Mercury Marine (a Division of Brunswick)
for many many years. He works in the Displays Department where all the displays for the boat shows are made. Making
the cut-away engine displays are his specialty.
While Barbara does most of the traveling
with the llamas, which consists of traveling to many different states as well as Canada, attending sales, shows and other
llama events; John prefers to stay home and care for the remaining llamas. This can be real exciting and rewarding especially
when crias are due.
Llamas have made it possible for us to visit places we may never
have gone and introduced us to many wonderful people we may never have met. Llamas have enriched our lives in many ways
and we feel truly blessed to have llamas in our lives.
We are very proud of the llamas
we have bred and raised over the years. They have been some of the top show llamas & producing llamas in the country as
well as producing top quality fleeces.
Visitors are always welcome.
Just give us a call and we will put the coffee on.