The Scoop Behind the Poop!

Have you wondered what the hype is behind alpaca and llama manure???  Well, by all means, read the article below!! In short, this “bean” is considered a magical fertilizer for your garden!  If you are looking for some alpaca and llama manure locally, please go to and click the “Safe Haven” link.  Safe Haven not only sells alpaca and llama manure, but they are also looking for volunteers!!!  Do you love fiber-producing camelids, but you aren’t in a situation to have your own?  Volunteer at Safe Haven and get your alpaca and llama fix!!!  Call 406.961.4027 and check out their website!   If you are interested in adopting, there are also alpacas and llamas available for adoption for a fee.  So, read the scoop on poop (below), and call Safe Haven today to make your garden grow!  You can meet the animals who create this magical manure by volunteering there, too!!! 🙂


Llama manure is lower in organic matter content than manures of most
other barnyard livestock (like cows, horses and sheep)–but it still has plenty
to improve soil texture and waterholding capacity. This lower organic
content allows llama manure to be spread directly onto plants without fear of
‘burning’ them. It is the decomposition of organic matter which produces the
heat that can damage plant roots.

Compared to the other barnyard animals, the nitrogen and potassium
content of llama droppings is comparatively high, an indication of good
fertilizer value. (Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are the major plant
nutrients; they are the familiar N-P-K on fertilizer bags.) Phosphorus is relatively low, but it is low in most other livestock manure as well. Calcium and magnesium content is about average. Salt content is not too high but it is high enough that one should not apply llama poop directly onto seedlings or mix improperly into the soil.

Overall, llama manure is a great organic fertilizer. Of course, organic fertilizers are usually lower in nutrient content than synthetic fertilizers, so more needs to be applied to get the same amount of nutrients. For example, llama manure
would be about 1.5-0.2-1.1 versus the 20- 10-5 of synthetic fertilizer. Apply about 13 times as much llama manure to get the same amount of nitrogen.
Animal Manure Comparison Animal % N % P % K Nitrogen Phosphorus Potassium Alpaca/Llama 1.7 0.69 0.66
Chicken 1.0 0.8 0.4
Horse 0.7 0.25 0.55
Sheep 0.95 0.35 1.0
Cow 0.6 0.15 0.45
Pig 0.5 0.35 0.4

How to Use and Store Alpaca & Llama Beans:
Llama beans can be used directly in your garden without danger of burning
plants. If the beans aren’t kept moist they will harden and form a white crust
taking longer to break down. My favorite way to store them is to moisten
them (damp not dripping, like you do compost) and keep them well covered.
During the first couple of days check and remoisten if needed (it will depend
on how dry they are when you start this process). In a little over a month the
beans will break down and look like moist rich peat moss, ready to amend
your garden.

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While the article is a good source of information it fails to mention one very important item: No animal manure should be used on a vegetable garden, especially one where root vegetables or vegetables that will contact the ground (e.g., cu…cumbers, squash) unless the manure is fully composted through a heat-generating compost method. All animals poop, including llama and alpaca poop, contain parasite eggs and many of these parasite eggs can be communicated to people by having the eggs taken in to root vegetables or soil-contact vegetables.See More
15 hours ago · · 1 personYou like this.
  • Maddie Lynn

    Don is absolutely right! There was the famous case of Odwalla raw apple juice making people sick. It turned out that pickers were using apples that touched the ground (although they were told never to do that), where deer grazed at night. … The apples came in contact with the poop, and people got salmonella. So, if you’re going to eat it raw or undercooked, be very careful, and always wash your fruit/veggies well before you eat them.See More
    12 hours ago ·
  • Maddie LynnThanks for that important safety reminder, Don!

    12 hours ago ·
  • Jeanie Notti-Fullerton The big factor is composting…manure is good, natures way of replenishing nutrients, but needs to be heated and cooled by way of composting to make it safe and viable for plants and us.


One thought on “The Scoop Behind the Poop!

  1. Hey Folks, the original author discussed moistening the pellets and keeping them under cover and 30 days later you have compost. Is this adequate for use on food gardens? gca

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