Alpaca United has adopted as its 2012 industry project, a series of nationwide collection days to be held at hosting alpaca farms for the purpose of selling and buying of raw alpaca fiber (the “Project”). As a relatively new domestic livestock to the U.S., this type of selling opportunity for U.S. producers “the equivalent of a wool brokering day” is an additional step in supporting our more than 4000 alpaca farms as this lovely, beautiful fiber progresses into the commercial setting. Since alpaca fiber can be used across a wide range of products from carpet to high end luxury textiles, AU thought that this Project would help “spread the word”……
“– U.S. alpaca farms have fiber and we are ready to sell and expand our role in the market –”
Following is a list of Alpaca United’s 2012 Host Farms, the dates of collection and sale. Additional information as to how the Project is being coordinated and participation can be found in the referenced documents.
The host farms and the dates for each event are listed below:
To Download and/or Print all of this information please click here: 2012 Fiber to Market (PDF)
For buyer/producer protocol and price list please click here: Buy/Sell Protocal_2012 (PDF)
The FAQ page is available here: FAQ_QuestionAnswer (PDF)
To register for any of these dates as a producer or a buyer please fill out one of the forms provided in the menu to the left.
We are located about 30 miles northeast of Cincinnati Ohio – between Morrow and historic Lebanon. Alpaca Bella is home to 30+ Suri Alpacas. We have quickly become the largest Suri breeder in southwest Ohio. We have researched the Suri Alpaca industry carefully and have been very particular and discriminating in choosing our foundation dams & herdsires. We offer our clients outstanding Suri alpacas as well as access to some of the most sought after and productive Suri Herdsires in the country. Our breeding program is focused on producing the highest quality Suri animals with a combination of the finest Accoyo and Black genetics. We are dedicated to doing our part to preserve and promote this rare and valuable animal. We are excited to be part of this unique, growing and profitable industry! We can’t wait to see what’s next! At Alpaca Bella, we are focused on Always Breeding the Finest!
After 40 years in the trucking business and two failed attempts at retirement, Doug wanted to get away and settle down on a “little piece of land” where he could have a tractor, a bobcat, a shop and a barn full of toys. Patti wanted a dog, a cat and a break from traveling. While searching for ideas that would give both what they wanted and generate a little retirement income as well, Patti’s brother introduced them to “The Wonderful World of Alpacas”. Not that he had ever seen an Alpaca or owned one or even knew much about them, but he had seen a commercial on TV. So much for the theory that television ads do not work! That was February. By April, the property in Forreston was purchased and by May (and untold hours of research) the first three girls were purchased. Even with the hard work, constant learning and continuing challenges, not a day goes by that we do not feel blessed to be in the Alpaca business and surrounded by these wonderful creatures! That was 2007 and 3 animals…fast forward to a herd of 75 of our own animals and 30+ customer animals…we still focus on personal care and touch of every animal. With the commitment of the people who surround us, we are able to provide each and every animal and customer with the attention they deserve.
From our start when we bought our first Alpaca in 1997,we began to carefully plan the building of our Alpaca herd. We immediately developed our business plan which focused on creating a small herd of elite Alpaca breeding stock in New England.Early on, without our own herd sire, we carefully selected some of the premier alpaca farms and ranches in the country and bred our females to a select group of renown herd sires. Now, with our own broad color selection of outstanding herd sires, we are concentrating on continuing a herd of very special females and offspring from our own blood lines. Each year, we put our Alpacas in competition with some of the country’s finest and they always excel. We love alpacas and are very proud to present to you our award-winning Alpacas.
In February of 2001, Josh and Kathy Garrett ventured out on a cold Saturday morning to go meet some new acquaintances at an alpaca show in Longmont, Colorado. The reality was they didn’t really know the couple all that well and certainly had no idea what an alpaca was. There simply wasn’t anything else going on that morning, so why not? Once the decision was made to purchase alpacas, new friends and acquaintances within the Alpaca industry helped select two female huacayas with a young male cria at the side. Ecstatic with their new “herd” it was time to select a name for the still virtual ranch. Kathy’s mother’s favorite hymn was “I Will Lift You Up on Eagle’s Wings” and the sentiment clearly reflected what her legacy was providing. The ranch name became “Eagle Spirit Alpacas” and the logo chosen shows a soaring eagle hovering over a male and female alpaca as if standing watch over the couple. The ensuing years have been a dream comes true. Making new friends, watching our little “starter herd” blossom to its current size of over 20 and winning a few ribbons along the way. Our mission, admittedly nebulous at first has become much more focused:
“We breed for excellence of confirmation and fiber, we offer ourselves as mentors and supporters for new breeders, we promote alpaca fiber in all of its glorious forms and we act with the trust and integrity that our legacy deserves.”
Jude Anderson & Alan Cousill began their US venture in 2001 starting their own operation in 2004 while maintaining their Australian herd as well. They currently run approx 350 huacaya & suri alpacas on their 103 acre farm in McMinnville, OR. Jude, passionate about halter judging, has also trained as a wool classer in Australia. Jude & Alan held various posi-tions in the Australian alpaca industry and Alan also supervised the National Show & National Conferences. Their farm goal is to raise fine, heavy cutting weight alpacas with strong constitutional vigor contributing to the development of the commercial US alpaca textile industry.
Bill & Elizabeth Johnson operate Abenaki Acres Farm named for their family heritage tracing back to the Abenaki Indians which sits perched atop a hill over-looking the rolling country-side of Hunterdon County, NJ. Their herd of about 40 alpacas finds its home in a state-of-the-art barn designed by Bill and pastures that dip into the valley below. Guarded by 2 Labradors, 2 Chihua-huas, a Jack Russell Ter-rier & 4 llamas, their herd is also cared for with a com-mitment to maintaining the picture of health and breed-ing standards creating a herd that is calm, well trained and moves with ease through veterinary procedures, transporting or show ring demands.