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Get to know veterinarian Anne Hallowell.
What are you going to speak about at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR?
In my presentation, I will discuss what types of llamas are good for packing whether it be a day hike for lunch or a week or two in the back country. Also I will present several types of pack saddles with their positive and negative points. And most importantly, I will focus on trail safety.
A trained, conditioned llama can carry up to 25% of its body weight. They have been used in the Andes Mountains for approximately 6000 years so are naturally accustomed to steep or narrow trails as well as trails with little maintenance. Llamas tend not to panic as much when faced with novel situations. If presented with something unknown or even scary, they usually freeze in place first and assess the danger before they panic so most often they don't react, unlike some horses which panic and go onto flight mode immediately.
Tell us about your background with your particular topic.
I have been a veterinarian for over 26 years now and I started working with and owning llamas over 15 years ago. Two of my llamas have completed their Basic and Advanced Level Certificates from the PLTA (Pack Llama Trial Association). Three others have received their Basic Certificates and 2 of those are working towards their Advanced Certification as well. I have been involved with the Mercer County 4-H Llama Club during this time and I am currently the leader. In addition to showing our llamas at the local 4-H, we also attend other shows including the Ohio State Fair and take a camping trip in the fall. Our llamas have shown well over the years and have multiple Grand and Reserve Championships for Halter and Performance classes from shows in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Ohio and Nebraska.
How will you get to the FAIR, and how far do you have to travel?
We will be driving our truck and trailer approximately 150 miles (one way) to get to Seven Springs.
Why should fairgoers attend your presentation?
People who are unfamiliar with llamas are always pleasantly surprised to find out how gentle and intelligent they are as well as how easy they are to work with, even for the novice. Of course it's educational, but maybe more importantly, it's fun!
What are you most looking forward to at the FAIR?
I'm really looking forward to getting people out hiking and camping in nature and explaining how much easier and more fun llamas can make that experience.
What advice do you have for attendees?
I would just say come and see how much fun you can have hiking and camping when you have llamas to do the heavy lifting for you!
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could have only one thing, what would you choose?
That is unlikely because I'd rather travel to the mountains – but I would want my pocket knife. You'd be surprised how many uses it has!
Thanks, Anne. We’ll see you at the FAIR!
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