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What's a herd of llamas worth?

Bankruptcy officials trying to sell herd of 18 llamas seized from Buchanan County abbey

These llamas at the Buchanan County Abbey in Independence were left behind when Ryan St. Anne Scott left the abbey after being evicted by Buchanan County authorities Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2012. (DENNIS MAGEE / Courier)
These llamas at the Buchanan County Abbey in Independence were left behind when Ryan St. Anne Scott left the abbey after being evicted by Buchanan County authorities Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2012. (DENNIS MAGEE / Courier)

Federal bankruptcy officials in Iowa want to get out of the llama-raising business as soon as possible.

They're expected to ask a judge Monday to approve the quick sale of a herd of 18 of the rare pack animals seized from a self-proclaimed priest who left behind failed businesses in Illinois and Iowa.

The animals were seized after Ryan Patrick Scott filed for bankruptcy in Iowa, where he and a handful of followers located their religious community last year in a former county mental health institution. He raised llamas and sold wool to make money.

Bankruptcy officials want to sell them for $250 apiece to farmers who've been watching them. But Scott and llama farmers in Missouri and Illinois say the proposed sale price is far less than their value.