In the first season finale of Shark Tank, Phil and Aida Lough pitched their liquid fertilizer, Llama Brew. The couple own llamas and collect llama poop at their home and then process it into liquid before packaging it in recycled bottles. It’s an eco-friendly business but one that had sales of a mere $4,000. The Loughs – who asked for $125,000 for a 10 percent stake in the company – did not get a deal.
Since their appearance on Shark Tank, the Loughs ran into a number of legal battles. Neighbors complained about the growing number of livestock and the odor coming from their property in the suburbs. Llama Brew moved to Eugene, Oregon and are back in business. Why Oregon? The Loughs explain on the website: “The legalization of cannabis in Oregon and other states has driven us to experiment with how Llama Brew can increase the yield and quality. Look for our photos of cannabis growth comparing Llama Brew with other standard plant foods.” A one-gallon bottle sells for $13.99.
Photos of cannabis plants posted on LlamaBrew.com: The two on the left are grown with fish emulsion. The three in the middle with Llama Brew. The right side plant is the control plant using only water.