Shady Ridge Farm
Shady Ridge Farm
1331 130th Avenue
New Richmond, WI 54017
New Richmond, Wisconsin, is located about 15 miles east of the Minnesota/Wisconsin border and 45 minutes east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Our 40-acre farm is not far off Interstate 94 and is easy to find. Call or e-mail us for directions from your location.
We have been raising llamas since 1988 when we restored an old brick farmhouse on 20 acres, turned it into a bed and breakfast and encouraged guests to take llama hikes or even have a llama carry their breakfast to a hill overlooking the pond. Though we’ve moved and no longer operate a bed and breakfast, we are still introducing people to the joys of owning llamas and are active with llamas and llama organizations at a variety of levels from local to national. We are completely smitten with these special creatures and delight in sharing our lives with them.
Sheila has led the 4-H llama project for St. Croix County for nine years and has worked with FFA students and advisors as well. She also helps staff the llama display at the National FFA Convention. A journalist in her previous life, Sheila continues to write for a number of llama newsletters and publications, including Llama Life II news magazine where she is a contributing editor. She coordinates a regional marketing and education event called Llama Magic, serves on the Camelid Working Group on national animal identification and helps facilitate at Camelid Community, a national forum where llama and alpaca owners and groups share concerns and identify opportunities to help the camelid community at large. Sheila has been involved with camelid rescue for almost as long as she has had llamas, and she currently serves as moderator of the National Lama Intervention & Rescue Coordination Council.
Britt likes the public relations aspect of owning llamas and enjoys taking them in parades or for a stroll through his favorite bar and grill. He looks forward to the annual Running of the Llamas in Hammond, Wisconsin, in September, and even though his own running days are over, Britt likes to match up his favorite running llama with a good athlete so they have a decent shot at winning the race. He also functions as the unsung hero, hauling llamas and equipment to all the events Sheila gets them involved with. Though he’s not crazy about trimming llama toenails or doing fencing jobs, Britt loves any farm chore where he can use his tractor or skid-steer. He owns a commercial upholstery business for restaurants and uses his equipment and materials to make the farm’s hay bags, covers for shelters and shade cloth panels for use in the summer.
We raise healthy, happy llamas with an emphasis on conformation, disposition and fiber quality—that’s why we love the Argentine influence. Our llamas include excellent breeding stock and show ring contenders as well as great companions and fleece contest winners. We try to keep our herd at around 25, and we usually have several llamas boarding with us as well.
Our first Argentines arrived from South America in 2001—Argentine Sarmiento and Argentine Ilona—and we’ve been impressed with their impact on our herd. Argentine type llamas have heavy bone, robust bodies, mellow dispositions and heavy total body coverage of fast-growing, superfine fiber.
Though we breed a number of full Argentine llamas, the Argentine gene pool is small, and we have found some of our best animals—and best fiber—result from our Argentine crosses. Paul Taylor, the first to bring Argentines to this country, says “any breeder in pursuit of ‘the perfect llama’ should now think about Argentine genes as part of the package.” He feels their real value is that they breed true and cross extremely well with other types of llamas.
We agree! People can’t tell which of our llamas are full Argentine and which are crosses until they look at their registration certificates. They are amazed at the offsprings’ incredible improvement over their dams and the robust body type, bone and fiber coverage they exhibit even in the first generation. Add the Argentine ingredient to your herd, and see what a difference it makes!
Argentine Sarmiento (Argentine Saltarin x Argentine Quique) ILR#227770
One of the typiest Argentines in this country, Sarmiento exemplifies the very best of the Argentine type llama—heavy bone, robust build, mellow disposition and tons of fabulous fiber. A beautiful golden red with gray face and accents, Sarmiento has thrown many colorful cria. His offspring have been winners in fleece contests from state and regional levels all the way to the ALSA Grand National, and he has produced numerous winners in the show ring as well. Sally Taylor recognized his incredible potential in Chile when they were preparing to sell the great herd they had built up in Temuco with their South American partners: “When I walked through the male field dreaming of a junior herd sire, Sarmiento caught my eye immediately. I hadn’t been too impressed with the photo in the catalog, but when I saw his stretch, bone, color and size, I fell in love.” You will, too.
Breeding fee: $!,000
Co-owned with Tom and Paulette Hume, Mountain Dreams Farm, Wyoming, MN
Sarmiento’s Argentine Cuidado! (Argentine Sarmiento x Argentine Ilona) ILR#258800
A dashing young male out of one of the prettiest female Argentine imports, Cuidado! has a robust, big-boned body topped by a lustrous, ropy white fleece. One of Sarmiento’s most handsome sons, Cuidado! is ready to start his breeding career and live up to his name: Careful! Look out!
Introductory breeding fee: $750
Argentine Ay Caramba! (Argentine Poncio x Paloma Blanca de Argentina) ILR#267551
This full Argentine junior herd sire in waiting was born in the fall of 2006, but he already knows he is something special. A rich chocolate brown with dark gray head, Ay Caramba! is absolutely full of himself, and he should be. His sire is an outstanding Argentine Kobra son, and his dam is a ropy-fibered full sister to Argentine Cuidado! so he has the bloodlines to back up his bravado. Keep an eye on this guy!
Jimmy B. (Telesis x Sugar Magnolia) ILR#123425
Though “Big Jim” is pretty much retired from our breeding pool, we would be remiss in not including him here since he has had such a big impact on our herd. With names like Eclipse, Huckleberry Finn and OKO (Castizo) in his background, he comes by his great performance honestly. Besides having an excellent show ring career himself, his offspring have gone on to great heights in the show ring and fleece contests, and his daughters have produced some of our nicest Argentine Sarmiento babies. We salute you, “Big Jim”!
We have a variety of beautiful females, some of them full Argentine, who are providing us with gorgeous crias. Others are biding their time till they’re old enough to be bred to one of our Argentine males, and still others have earned the right to be “put out to pasture” in the purest sense of the word. We use some of our girls for public relations activities, other outings and appearances and in our county’s 4-H llama project. Whatever their role, we love them all.
Llamas for Sale
We offer a full fertility guarantee on any of our llamas sold as breeding stock, and a live birth guarantee on all of our bred females. We provide great follow-up to our buyers and educational materials, demonstrations and classes to those who are new to llamas. Package discounts are available when you buy more than one llama.
Sarmiento’s Argentine Cuidado! (Argentine Sarmiento x Argentine Ilona)
dob 10/26/04 ILR#258800
We are offering full or half interest in this beautiful boy who is ready to start his breeding career. His ropy white fiber and exotic look attract attention from all of our visitors, and fleece judges always comment on the luster and consistency of his fiber. He has the big bone and robust body of the Argentines along with a mellow disposition, and we already have people lining up to breed their females to him. One of Sarmiento’s nicest sons, Cuidado! is ready to go to work for you.
Full ownership: $5,000
Half interest: $3,000
Nightlife at Shady Ridge (Jimmy B. x Princess Naome)
dob 5/26/02 ILR#241111
Named Grand Champion medium wool female at the 2003 Minnesota State Fair, Nightlife has excellent conformation and great presence. She has had two outstanding half Argentine crias, both of them female—Sarmiento’s Nessarose is a beautiful rosy gray, and Necito’s Reina de Colores is a stunning appaloosa. A big girl, Nightlife is a velvety black when freshly sheared, and her fiber develops golden highlights as it grows. People always comment on her pretty head and ears when they see her in our pasture. Nightlife is a super mother with plenty of milk and will be bred to a full Argentine male in the fall of 2007.
Rebano Escondido Vixen (ET) (Argentine Pecos x Rebano Escondido RBWT)
dob 8/1/01 ILR#240958
A beautiful reddish color with white and black markings, Vixen is a tall girl who carries herself very proudly. Her first baby, a three-quarters Argentine female, was a striking appaloosa by Argentine Sarmiento. Vixen was a great mom, and her mellow and easy to handle young daughter Mananita is well loved by her new owners. Vixen is bred back to Sarmiento for a spring 2008 cria, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see her have another appaloosa baby. Vixen produces an abundance of beautiful red fiber with good crimp, a fiber that is easy to spin.
Princess Naome (Starblazer x G.L.L. Panola)
dob 9/10/96 ILR#172263
Princess Naome, who is a flashy black and white, produces colorful, correct babies with lots of pizzazz. She has passed along her fine silky fiber to her offspring, several of which have done well in the show ring (such as Nightlife at Shady Ridge, listed above). Naome is a wonderful mother with problem free births and lots of milk. A beautiful and stately lady, she is bred to Argentine Sarmiento for a spring 2008 cria.
Sarmiento’s Nessarose (Argentine Sarmiento x Nightlife at Shady Ridge)
dob 5/29/05 ILR#261837
Out of a Grand Champion female, Nessarose has excellent conformation and outstanding presence. Her rose-gray body is set off by a beautiful gray head and fabulous fuzzy silver ears. Full of energy and always “on”, Nessarose steals the hearts of all who see her. She produces an incredible volume of fine, easily spun fiber with a wonderful gray cast.
Sarmiento’s Karma (Argentine Sarmiento x Princess Natasha)
dob 10/18/02 ILR#245078
One of Sarmiento’s first babies, Karma is a gorgeous deep reddish brown with black highlights and a white patch on each cheek. She exhibits the best of the Argentine type—heavy bone, a robust and athletic body and an abundance of fabulous fiber that amazes our shearer each year. Karma’s mother is an appaloosa who has problem free births and plenty of milk. Karma’s price includes a breeding if the buyer desires.
Silverspirit’s La Promesa (Silverspirit x Foxy Lady)
dob 3/8/98 ILR#194877
Promesa is a pretty black and white lady with fine fiber. All of her babies have large amounts of gray, especially those by Argentine Sarmiento. Promesa comes from great bloodlines. Her gray Chilean sire is one of Kay Sharpnack’s favorites, and her dam was featured in the “Grande Dam” section of Llama Life II magazine. Promesa is an excellent mother and also has done very well in the show ring. Her price includes a breeding if the buyer desires.
Sarmiento’s Tangled Up in Blue (Argentine Sarmiento x Princess Naome)
dob 5/24/06 ILR#266735
A gorgeous blue/gray with white and caramel markings, “Blue” has the bone and body of her Argentine father and the fine, silky fiber of her dam. Born on Bob Dylan’s birthday, Blue is always one of the first to check out those who visit our ladies’ barn. A fleece judge said her fiber “makes a beautiful yarn! The fleece has ‘presence’ and lots of body”.
Products for Sale
All of our llamas are sheared on a regular basis, and we have their beautiful fiber for sale—as exquisite yarn in a variety of natural colors and also as roving, carded batts, felting kits and prize winning raw fleeces. We breed for fiber quality, and it shows in our products. Most of our yarn is priced at $4 an ounce, roving at $3 an ounce and winning fleeces at $2 to $3 an ounce. Contact us for colors currently available. Our felting kits include a hat kit (4 oz. of llama fiber, heavy vinyl pattern and complete instructions) for $18 and a jewelry kit (approx. 2.5 oz. of llama fiber in several colors and instructions for making necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pins) for $12. Other kits are in the works. (Prices do not include shipping costs.)
Llama Related Supplies
Britt has made a variety of products at his upholstery business, Vinyl Masters, for use on our farm. Because of requests from friends and other llama owners who have seen the products, we now offer some of them for sale.