We are the Aulds. We have owned our own llamas since 2006
but have been around llamas since 1987 when Steve's uncle, Charles "Buzz" Kraft, started his herd in
Steve and Sandy have been married since May of 1987 and have two wonderful children. Our son Talon was born in 1993 and Aspen in 1996.
Both children are active in the operation of the farm. Talon loves working with the llamas, but does not care for the spotlight of the show
ring. He has become our farm sitter when we go to shows and that keeps our mind at ease when we are away. Aspen not only works with the
llamas but has her own FFA herd of llamas. You will find the link to her web site to the right of this page in the "Other Links" section. Aspen is also working her way
to become a large animal veterinarian but has yet to decide if she wants to specialize in camelids (the llama family) or equines (horses).
We hope you enjoy your visit to our farm, and if you’re in the llama business, we can't wait to make
your acquaintance and swap some stories.
We are a small
operation of 10 acres near Van Horne, Iowa. It is here we have found our version
of heaven after 20 years of searching. Our wonderful old farm home was built in
1890 on an Amana stone foundation. It is so solid, you can really tell how bad a
storm is by whether or not you can actually hear it. Even though Iowa is a state
of rather rolling terrain, our farm sits on one of the most flat sections in the
area. On a clear day, you can literally see for miles and miles.
Our farm, Aulds' Lluminous Llamas, is named for the wonderful sunsets and celestial
lightshows we get to witness on most nights. Even our children in their teens
know when a sunset warrants a "sunset alert" where everyone stops what
they're doing to watch. Add to that the countless stars, frequent shooting
stars and meteor showers, millions of lightning bugs and the occasional northern
lights show; we knew the word luminous had to be part of who we are.
Therefore, all llamas born at the farm will either carry the name of a "lluminous"
celestial body OR begin with the prefix moniker of "ALL."
Our first llamas came home to Aulds' Lluminous Llamas on August 12th, 2006,
only 5 months after moving into our new country home. We had planned on waiting
a full year after moving in to bring home our first llama, but after 8 years of
being away from them and finally having the space to handle them, we just couldn't
wait when the right opportunity came along.
Around the first of August we heard about an ad in the local classifieds selling
llamas for a VERY good price. We called the number and made arrangements to
go meet the llamas. Near the conclusion of our 3 hour meeting, the previous
owner, so enamored by our llama knowledge and passion about the animals begged us
to take all the llamas she was selling as she knew they would be going to a great
home. After politely explaining we were just not equipped to take on that
large of a herd to start, she relented and instead made us such a good deal, she
practically gave them away. Long story short, or maybe not, 2 weeks later
we brought home "our first herd".
We have since made several sales and acquisitions to build a herd to match our personalities.
Come on inside and meet them.
While we may have only owned our own llamas since August of 2006, we were first introduced to the "world of llamas"
in 1987 by Steve's uncle, Charles "Buzz" Kraft. It was while spending many weekends with Buzz at his farm near
LaPorte, Minnesota, that we were bitten by the llama bug and began our llama journey. We learned a lot from Buzz
and his experiences and carry many of those nuggets of knowledge, along with all the ones we have gained since, with
us in everything we do.
We have been recognized as a breeder and for the llamas we own and have produced on a national level. In 2011 we
were named the Small Breeder Award Winner at the Celebration World Futurity; one of our foundation females, a 10 year
old classic wooled female named Evy, was awarded the Grand Champion: Classic Female at the 1st Annual ILR-SD Gathering
of Friends and Champions; our girl Lulu, who is now retired from the show ring and has joined our foundation herd as
an expectant mother, was awarded the Grand Champion: Medium Wool Female at the 14th Annual ALSA Grand National Show of
Champions. We also have several other national top 10 animals including 6 who were TOP 3 at the 2011 ALSA Grand National
Show of Champions. This includes our very own "cria-tion" A. Lluminous Cassiopeia, who was awarded Reserve Grand Class
Champion: Medium Wool Juvenile Female her very first time in a show ring.
Over the last 6 years we have worked hard to put together a herd of llamas with genetics from all over the country. We have brought
in llamas from coast to coast to mix-up the Iowa gene pool and add spice to some of the fantastic bloodlines found here. Many of our
herd acquisitions are former regional and national grand champions, several with their ROMs and "finished" halter status. We anticipate
this foundation of excellence will produce progeny of excellence. But as with anything in life, DNA is a tricky thing.
We are not just in the business of llamas to sell llamas. We are in the business of llamas to introduce, mentor and assist
current, new and future llama owners to the wonderful world of llamas. We have sold many llamas to first-time llama owners
as well as small hobby farms. Most of these farms have become good friends who contact us throughout the year with questions,
concerns and requests for assistance with shearing, shots and routine maintanance. We do not want to just "dump" an unwanted
animal on a new owner. We want new owners to become passionate llama enthusiasts just like we are. So whether your new llama
is for the show ring or to just keep the pasture grass at bay, we want our new llama friends to know how to care for their llamas.