2018 Fiber Purchase

Status: OPEN

 

Calling U.S. Alpaca Fiber Producers

Advantages | 2018 Fiber Purchase Requirements | Fiber Payout | Submitting Fiber

NEAFP is opening up it's fiber purchasing program to purchase an additional 35,000 lbs of U.S. grown alpaca fiber in 2018.

Alpaca farms across the country have created a growing demand for finished products that their herds cannot support in annual fiber production alone. By selling your fiber to us you can help alpaca farms stay ahead of growing product demand as well as improve your farm's cash flow. This is a great opportunity for farms to get cash for fiber they are producing annually but not currently utilizing.


 

NEAFP Fiber Purchase Advantages

  • Our goal is to pay farms for fiber that meet our 2018 Fiber Purchase Requirements within 6 weeks of it arriving at our mill for sorting. If this time frame changes due to an influx of fiber coming in for purchase we will let you know.
  • NEAFP is NOT requiring fiber submitted for purchase to be pre-tested or pre-sorted, saving you the added costs of pre-submission steps. Each blanket should be separated from the rest of the animal's fiber and free of contamination.
  • By selling us your fiber, you are supporting the commercial U.S. alpaca industry and helping fellow farms stay ahead of growing demand for their finished products. As more quality U.S. grown alpaca fiber enters the domestic manufacturing chain the overall quality of items offered will improve as well as free up resources for prototyping new product offerings with new feature sets.
  • Our Fiber Purchasing program is open to ALL U.S. Alpaca farms, no matter the size. Once we meet our fiber purchase requirements for 2015 we will be closing down the program and creating a wait list for the next call for fiber. By submitting your fiber to us as soon as possible you can ensure your pariticipation in this year's clip call, receive payment for fiber that meets our 2015 Fiber Requirements in a timely manner, and lend your hand to the growing U.S. Alpaca fiber industry!


 

2018 Fiber Purchase Requirements

For 2015, NEAFP is purchasing alpaca fiber that meet the following requirements:

  1. U.S. grown Huacaya Blanket Fiber

  2. Fiber Diameter of 28 micron and under

  3. Staple Length between 2" and 5"

  4. Minimal Strong Primary Fibers (Guard Hair), Short Cuts under 2", Vegetable Matter, and other forms of contamination (Mold, Mildew, Moths & Moth Eggs etc.)

We DO NOT require fiber submitted to be pre-sorted or pre-tested! Just keep your blankets separated from the rest of your animal's fiber and free of all contamination.

Have over 400 lbs of fiber to submit for purchase? Contact us for special freight shipping options!



 

Fiber Purchase Payout

Farms submitting fiber meeting these requirements will receive between $3 and $4 per pound of usable fiber based on overall quality determined by NEAFP sorters. Acceptance and overall quality will be decided on these main criteria: Average Fiber Diameter, % of Strong Primary Fibers (Guard Hair), Staple Length, and overall uniformity. We recommend farms do a basic skirt of fiber submitted for purchase to increase the total acceptance and total payout. Fiber submitted with a high percentage of contamination will be heavily skirted, reducing the usable weight, and bringing down the overall quality of the fleece. Once fiber arrives at our warehouse for valuation, we are committed to paying farms within 6 weeks.

How to Submit Fiber for Purchase

  1. Each animal's blanket submitted should be kept in a separate, you can include identification to receive animal specific notes.
  2. Each fiber purchase submission MUST contain a Fiber Purchase Submission Slip with all blankets identified to ensure quick and accurate processing.
  3. You can drop it off at our warehouse, ship it in, drop it at an upcoming alpaca show collection or one of our NEAFP Fiber Collection Points. Head to the Fiber Collection Section to find out the best way of getting your fiber submission to us.

Note: Fiber submitted for purchase at an alpaca show collection or regional collection point will have a longer lead time for evaluation and payment based on when the fiber shipment will be arriving at NEAFP's warehouse.

Have over 400 lbs of fiber to submit for purchase? Contact us for special freight shipping options!

 

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