Ben, Shelly & Sam
We currently reside on a small acreage near West Lafayette, Indiana. Darrell recently retired after 25 years as CEO of the National Swine Registry.
We were first captivated by llamas when Darrell was asked to auctioneer the first “production sale” of llamas held in the U.S. in 1986. The sale was hosted by Dr. Ben Huff of Salem, Oregon and was very successful. While Darrell was selling 30 lots of llamas that averaged $22,000 each, Merlene was falling in love with these fascinating animals.
We watched from the sidelines for many years while we were enjoying raising two wonderful sons. Then in the fall of 2000, we made our first investment in our foundation herd by purchasing three half sisters, whose sire later was named Grand National Champion. From this beginning, we have carefully added select females to our herd.
Darrell has been blessed to serve as the auctioneer for most of the leading llama sales in the past five years and has also judged many llama shows from coast to coast. Merlene enjoys preparing the llamas for the show ring and has been privileged to exhibit champions in many shows throughout the Midwest.
Solid Rock Llamas was founded on a strong belief in pedigrees, conformation, style and balance . Quality matters to us. Our foundation females have all earned championship honors in regional and national shows, including many futurities.
In 2011, Solid Rock Llamas added our son Ben and his family to our operation. Ben is employed by Vectron, in Lafayette, IN. He and his wife Shelly, have two precious children, Sam and Mylo Hannah, our first granddaughter.
Our youngest son Greg, is a Merck Pharmaceutical Regional Manager in the Indianapolis area. He and his wife Katie, have blessed us with two more grandsons Elijah and Jude. We are awaiting the news of the birth of our second granddaughter, Naomi Kate.
We welcome you, and look forward to your visit.