Originally Posted by warrbuk
Every llama and goat have differant capacities / limits. I had llama's that would only haul 60lbs of gear in 12 miles and I had another that would take 75-80 in (uphill) 90 out. My buddie boned and bull elk and put it on 2 llamas and took it out ( good trail and only 3 miles) It seems that most pack animals will all haul a certain pecentage of their own weight if properly conditioned.
My buddy had the goats and they were pretty cool. It took him alot of goats to do what I did with 4 llamas.
I have a couple llama's that are only halter broke weed eaters that I will give to someone that will to train them up.
warrbuk, I had been looking at lamas for weed control. A coworker has six that he rotates thru his corrals during the summers nd says they will eat anything. Also they are very hardy in our brutal NoDak winters. I could get some young lamas from him for cheap or try his out for awhile. I have nice trees around my place and I've seen goats rip the bark right off of a mature tree and he said his lamas aren't as destructive as the goats he's had in the past. After seeing a article in eastmans where someone used them during a sheep hunt I really got interested in getting lamas to clean up weeds and have a use also. The badlands in western ND are pretty damn rough where you would kill a bruiser mule deer. I'd be scared to take a horse into most of that stuff. I must admit I am not a horse person. I've heard lamas eat anything, do not need a lot of water, will traverse anything you will and more, and haul a pretty good load.