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Does anybody know where I can get a whole Alpaca or Llamma to cook. ALSO how much$$$$

JB BANNISTER Aug 27, 2011 02:02 PM

I want to roast one whole. I would perfe3r it be a few hours away from Greenville SC

  1. JB BANNISTER Mar 27, 2012 06:36 AM

    We have the LLAMA in custody. And will be roasted on May 19th

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      Gio Mar 27, 2012 07:02 AM

      Wow... that took almost 8 months. How big is it? Weight?

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        Quine Mar 27, 2012 07:39 AM

        Well this be a practice run of some sort to build into a later big event as you did last year?

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          carolinadawg Mar 27, 2012 07:52 AM

          May 19th is the big event.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833028

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            JB BANNISTER Mar 27, 2012 12:04 PM

            I forgot to post back. We got him a few months back. He is mean as a snake. We have him on a diet of grass and NO DRUGS as I want him nice and clean. His meat should be around 225-325lbs when he butchered. Earl (the cow) and Dolly (llama) are the center piece of a May 19th event where we will be also cooking 3 lambs, 3 goats, 3 differant styles of Pigs, some come chicken and turkeys also. So far ALL the animals are organic and drug free with the exception of 1 large pig. Bovinova!

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              Querencia Mar 27, 2012 06:40 PM

              We look forward to hearing you do a chorus of "We tanned his hide when he died, Clyde, and that's it hangin' on the shed". Alpaca wool is super-choice.

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                John E. Mar 27, 2012 09:33 PM

                There used to be a llama breeder in my hometown. I think he lost is his place when they widened the highway, plus I have not been back there for a while. Anyway, I know that most people that keep llamas do so for breeding or wool so my question is how much did the llama cost? The other question I have, does the event for which you are roasting all these animals have a website? I would love to know more about what you are doing down there. It sounds like a hoot!

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                  Gio Mar 28, 2012 06:46 AM

                  Here's the website, John...
                  http://www.bovinova.com/

                  Bovinova Is a hoot. They have a Facebook page as well.
                  http://www.facebook.com/groups/bovine...

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                    JB BANNISTER Mar 28, 2012 08:31 AM

                    That is the old facebook page. The event page is here http://www.facebook.com/events/200482... but you will still have to go buy tickets if you want to go from the main website.

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                      John E. Mar 28, 2012 11:59 AM

                      It appears you have quite an event going there, congratulations. I just wish you were not 1,100 miles from Minnesota.

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                  Wahooty Mar 31, 2012 07:29 PM

                  Dolly? Some interesting karma you've got there. ;)

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                    lcool Apr 6, 2012 11:23 AM

                    You are giving snakes a bad name.The 2 we boarded,fostered for a winter were ratty with each other 85% of the time.The remaining 15% of the time they were far nastier.We easily prefer the snakes on our small farm.

              2. JB BANNISTER Aug 28, 2011 03:13 PM

                I have done lambs and goats. You can do a search on youtube or google for Bovivova and see some of what we did. I think I can make the meat more edible as we constantly baste with some trader Joe's wine and salt. I won't be the first to do this but I may be the first in Greenville SC. There are plenty of youtube videos of it or llamas. I will have many more follow up post about this event. But a Llama or Alpaca would be the center piece even more so than the cow.

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                  escondido123 Aug 28, 2011 11:09 AM

                  Peru or Bolivia. The animal itself will be cheap but the luggage fees will kill ya.

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                    bobbert Aug 28, 2011 10:54 AM

                    isn't there a petting zoo nearby where you could snatch one when the kids aren't looking? :)

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                      DPGood Aug 28, 2011 10:33 AM

                      I hope you know that neither one makes for good eats. They are valued as pack animals, and for their wool, particularly alpacas. Neither is valued as food.

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                        lcool Aug 28, 2011 10:47 AM

                        not good eats?? young camel is excellent eating

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                          mariacarmen Aug 28, 2011 04:35 PM

                          i hate to say this, but i had llama in Bolivia a couple months ago, and it was delicious - a very tender, flavorful steak. it's on more and more menus there. saddens me, because i think they're so beautiful, and i really didn't need to add another animal to my repertoire. luckily for the llamas, i don't get back there more than once ever 15 or so years!

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                            lcool Aug 29, 2011 07:41 AM

                            beautiful,yes..as easy to raise as sheep,yes ..hard to keep many,yes..sort of a lousy temperment added to less domesticated requiring more space.
                            but tasty somewhere between older lamb and goat,yes

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                          lcool Aug 28, 2011 10:27 AM

                          I'll try,but you will need a lot of luck and deep pockets.I am in Maryland so here is a link so you can get an idea what the Alpaca/Llamma people are about.
                          http://www.marylandalpacas.org
                          N.Virginia has even more breeders.I think as you go south,get warmer there are fewer farmed,so much of the ? is about the fleece and pets and shows.We reluctantly kept two that were preggers last winter for a friend working out permits and fencing.They came with an insurance inspection and various other bits of paper equal to a show horse.Don't ask how much $$.

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                            oldunc Aug 28, 2011 08:57 AM

                            Other than that I once remodeled a llama pen into a greenhouse, I have no connection with these noble beasts, but would love to hear how you plan to roast it.

                            1. meatn3 Aug 28, 2011 07:16 AM

                              Maybe a call to your local meat processing place could provide a lead. State agriculture sites often list growers/ranchers/etc.

                              Good luck!

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