“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin
From the onset we here at One Earth Farm were very particular about which animals we would use in our program. As our selection goals are very specific and as llamas in North America are not in any way maintained as purebreds, we chose to ignore the infamous ‘lines’ and the dirge of outcrossed ‘champions’ being offered. Indeed, shopping for llamas has proven to be a bit like locating a Cornish Rex kitten amongst a gaggle of barn cats. Plus, time and time again a peek into a llama’s pedigree revealed every fiber type, size, color, and style of llama being interbred in a seemingly haphazard fashion. It also revealed such intensive outcrossing and rampant ‘corrective mating’ that it was clear that even the most beautiful and seemingly well suited animal for our program was potentially a genetic landmine.
Fortunately, the extreme diversity of the North American llama genome also makes it highly responsive to selective pressure. And as such, while a purebred llama was not to be found, we understood that such a herd could - with much patience and dedication - be resurrected from the rubble. And it is out of sheer awe of this species' potential, and out of reverence for its ancient agrarian birthright, that we begin the work of returning it to its former glory. We invite you to join us.
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