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YOUNG MALES OR JUNIOR HERDSIRES

Unfortunately not all young males will grow up to become breeding herdsires.  Breeders can only use so many males for breeding. Therefore a lot of males will eventually be castrated. Castration, done as a surgical procedure by a veterinarian, is indicated for animals that are not breeding quality and those that are overly aggressive.  While castration can be done at any age, waiting until there are 1-1/2 to 2 years old allows maximum bone maturity.  Castration done earlier than this, may lead to abnormal bone growth resulting in a tall llama with an increased tendency towards skeletal problems. 

Having too many intact males can become a herd management nightmare unless you have lots of room for them to get away from each other when those hormones kick in.