Camelids, including the llama, are not true ruminants. They have three instead of four stomach compartments. Llamas are raised for wool, meat, and hides, and sometimes used for carrying loads. Recently, the nutritional relevance of llama meat has increased, because this kind of meat is an important source as a unique protein for both pet and human consumption. It is very lean meat while still having a high protein content. Being a unique protein, it is an excellent alternative for those pets with food sensitivities.
Due to the small amount of Llama consumed in Canada, it ensures that production is limited to small scale farms where they are pasture-raised and grass-fed with no application of hormones or antibiotics.