Llama breeding – not so unusual in Australia

HIKING COMPANION: Cheryl Crosbie and Mark Brindley talk to Warego, loaded up with packs ready for another hike.

WE’VE said before how hobbies can lead on to one’s big thing in life, but who would have thought this could involve adopting and breeding animals entirely foreign to Australia?

In the Strathbogies, Cheryl Crosbie has taken up breeding llamas for their fleece, but they have other endearing qualities that slowly reveal themselves to the observant viewer.

When we visited Granite Haven – the farm owned by Cheryl and husband Warren – another llama breeder was visiting.

Mark Brindley of Hanging Rock Llama Treks called into the farm, accompanied by two of his llamas, Warego and Jaro.

The breeder said he had been involved with the animals for the past 20 years after his partner saved a small cria with a hole in the heart.

Once they had the little feller they had to get another as a companion and after a bit more research got two more … and so it went on.

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