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American Miniature Llama Association

The American Miniature Llama Association was formed in 1999 to provide opportunities to share information among owners, breeders and persons interested in miniature llamas, to provide input to national llama associations regarding issues vital to the industry, to encourage and support events to expand awareness and market potential and to provide social contact among owners, breeders and persons interested in miniature llamas. 

Specification

About Miniature Llamas

To be registered by the AMLA, the llama must meet the Association's standard for miniature llamas. The Registry is open to all llamas meeting those standards. Upon determination that a llama being submitted for registration meets the established standards, genealogical information is entered into the Association's database and a certificate of registration is issued. The procedures for tracking ownership, breeding records, transfers and death of registered llamas is similar to that of the International Llama Registry.

Miniature llamas were bred from many different small llamas with various types of fiber.  Today in the miniature llama industry you will still find minis of all fiber types including suri, light, medium, heavy and silky fiber.  Miniature llamas can be found in a rainbow of colors.
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Stories From Our Members

Minis @ the Minnesota State Fair!
By: Sue Morgan

Yes, it’s true, for the first year, two of our mini llamas were shown @ the MN State Fair. Wow! A year ago I would not have thought it would happen, but thanks to many helpers along the way, it did.

About a year & a half ago, I had a call from an alpaca owner, Dana Tiedeman, saying that her daughter wanted to show in the county fair & would I help her get a 4-H program started in our County? I had been involved just a bit in 4-H when my boys were little, but they had never shown livestock, so I didn’t know where to start. Dana contacted Norris & Kay Berg to get the specifics, then the county extension office & away we went! She worked very hard & we ended up with 7 kids showing @ the county level in 2008. In 2009, I took over as program leader & although we just had 6 kids showing, it went very well. We were hoping and planning for growth, but felt very lucky to have had one participant from 2008 qualify to go to the State level and this year, three qualified! Our other kids did really great, too. It is fun to see families’ gain an interest & enough confidence to buy an animal of their own & watch their skills improve over time.

Two of the State fair participants lease mini llamas from me, as they do not own animals of their own. Katie showed our Rock Solid Ares last year & a beautiful ½ argentine, Rory this year. Megan, started with Oberon & although she still loves Oberon, he has not been gelded yet, so she showed Titan Moon, another small, argentine that is OHHH, so nice! Also, Katie’s brother, John showed Titan @ the county level in Cloverbuds, which the crowd loved! At the county level, Katie achieved grand champion in showmanship last year with Ares & was reserve champ this year in Obstacle. Megan was outstanding in her knowledge of llamas & did her best in the interview, both @ the county & state level. She also designed a really cute soccer costume for Titan with a bright red jersey, but she didn’t show in costume @ the state fair. I’m still not sure why, as with his llama jersey & Nike headband, I thought it was a hoot!

One of the biggest challenges was obtaining the obstacles needed to get this program started. I have to thank Megan’s dad for making the majority of our obstacles. Megan tells me he has even more ideas for next year, after seeing what they had @ the State fair! Now I just have to figure out where to store them during the winter when the barn is full of hay!

Another problem was that I could not take off work to be @ the State fair this year. So how would we get the llamas up there? A good friend, Lynda Carothers transported my two minis so Katie & Megan could experience the State Fair. And they loved it! I was able to come up & watch one evening & the excitement and anticipation of Katie & Megan, and our other fair qualifier, Maxine, was proof that this program is SO worthwhile. Getting a 4-H program going in your area can be a great way to expose others to the joy of owning & showing minis!

What else is on the site?

Guidelines for Miniature Llama Classes
Miniature Llama Specifications
Registering Your Llama with the ALMA
How to Measure a Miniature Llama
History of a mini llama
Photo Contest
By-Laws
Show Stories
Previous Shows
 

Welcome to the American Miniature Llama Association’s web site. If you are visiting for the first time or the hundredth time, we are glad you found us. On our web site you will find listings of our members, breeders and also a wealth of information regarding the miniature llama.

The AMLA is a great group of people that love their mini llamas. In our membership you will find people that own minis for companions, showing, breeding, packing, fiber and just because they love them. Our membership is also open to individuals that are interested in miniature llamas, but don’t own any minis of their own yet.

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