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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.