We wanted to let everyone know that as we move into the Holiday rush we are experiencing a tremendous increase in volume of orders coming in and fiber arriving daily at the mill. We take pride in our order processing and fulfillment time but due to this increase in volume there might be a slight slow down of 1 extra business day in our normal turn around time.
We ask that you get your time sensitive orders placed as soon as possible to ensure ample time for them to be processed, packed and shipped out to you.
Here is a UPS Ground Transit Time Map to help you plan when to get those orders in:
NEAFP's office and mill will also be closed on the following days: 11/28 & 11/29 for Thanksgiving, 12/24 to 12/29 for Christmas Break, and 12/31 and 1/1 for New Years.
Thank you for taking this into account while getting your final holiday orders in for 2013!
We received a partial shipment from our manufacturer so we have a limited amount of Snowflake Earflap Beanies.
The Snowflake Earflaps are available in White, Fawn, and Brown colors.
Before placing your next order check out our new resource, Current Color Inventory. At the beginning of each week we update the PDF with what's available in each item, size, and color. This new resource will help you manage your color requests when placing your order and also to manage your colors expectations on what colors will be available in each item.
Need some last minute additions for your upcoming open house? We can help.
NEAFP is shipping all orders that meet their requirements (payment + fiber) within 1 business day of receiving them so get your orders in this weekend to ship for NAFD! Use the above UPS Ground time table map to determine your best shipping option. Just mention during checkout that you need your order by NAFD and we will get it out to you a.s.a.p.! If by chance your shipping choice won't reach you in time, we will contact you with your best options so your package makes it there before your open house visitors!
Our new Diamond Cut Scarf is a truly one of a kind item that you won't find anywhere else. We've matched fine U.S. alpaca fiber with a unique design to make a scarf that stands out in the crowd. The scarf is extremely long and can be wrapped countless ways to suit any occasion, it measures approximately 100" x 8". This is a unique item for the 2013 Fall and Winter season and will be sold in limited quantities until our inventory is depleted.
Available @ Fiber Pricing and Wholesale pricing today!
We are happy to announce the addition of our new Alpaca Beanie. It's available in some amazing colors: Moss Green, Egyptian Blue, Hunter Orange, Crimson Red, and Simply Sage.
These alpaca beanies are available in 3 packs at both Fiber and Wholesale pricing today!
Classic Watch Caps are now available in dyed colors too!
All Dyed products are available in limited quantities while inventory lasts.
Our office and mill will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the 4th of July holiday. We will be back open on Monday July 8th.
We wish everyone a happy and safe July 4th weekend!
We are happy to announce the Calm-a-lid is now available for purchase! Head to the catalog to check it out
The Calm-a-Lid is a non-invasive head covering for alpacas and other camelids for use in handling and procedures. The Calm-a-Lid reduces stress by blocking and protecting the animal's vision, making it easier to work with.
The Calm-a-Lid offers eye protection for the animal. Alpacas do not close their eyes during shearing and their eyes can come in contact with dust and fiber. These have the potential to cause damage and even blindness.
The Calm-a-Lid was developed during ground-breaking studies of camelid reproduction. With stress being a huge influence on reproduction, it was key to find a way to minimize stress as much as possible. Stress can cause abortion, varying body weight, and health issues. Thus the Calm-a-Lid was born.
However, the Calm-a-Lid doesn't just work for research and ultrasounding - it was designed to be used during nearly every procedure necessary for your animals. Check-ups, nail trimming, teeth trimming, injections, and even shearing are only some of the wonderful times to employ the Calm-a-Lid. It is non-invasive, unintrusive and it protects your animal's eyes during these procedures. It will not only make things less stressful, but also faster, safer, and easier than ever before!
MADE IN USA
© 2011 calm-a-lid llc. patent pending
"We have used the Calm-a-lid on our alpacas here at UMass for over a year. I find it works very well for fractious animals to calm them down without drugs. I have used it successfully for reproductive exams, foot trimming, and shearing. I recommend it to anyone for their alpacas and llamas."
Stephen R. Purdy, DVM
Associate Professor of Veterinary Education
Director of Camelid Studies
Director of Animal Management, UMass Center for Agriculture
University of Massachusetts Amherst
President, Nunoa Project Peru
"At Ice Pond Farm we have successfully used the Calm-a-Lid with three challenging alpacas.
The first was a Peruvian import who would cush, scream, and spit during every procedure. With the Calm-a-Lid applied, Sunshine's screams are much more subdued and she does not spit. Why spit if you can't see a target!
The second animal is an athletic girl who tends to buck during procedures, making it difficult to perform a neck vein blood draw. In this case, application of the Calm-a-Lid resulted in Enya standing like a statue for the entire procedure.
The third case was an aggressive young male at a neighboring farm. Once applied, the Calm-a-Lid transformed him into a perfect gentleman - even allowing us to calmly lead him into a trailer.
We have had outstanding results using the Calm-a-Lid with difficult animals in challenging situations, and can readily recommend this product. Nicely done!"
Jeff Groene and Sonya Hanson Ice Pond Farm Fiskeville, Rhode Island www.icepondfarm.com
We are happy to announce our first fiber collection point in Churubuscu, Indiana at WindSwept Farms owned by Jack and Anita Greider. NEAFP pays all shipping costs from a regional collection point so drop your fiber off before the next trucking date and get your fiber to us for free. WindSwept Farms is within 3 hours of Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, and Chicago, helping make putting your fiber to work with us much more cost effective by reducing your shipping costs to next to nothing.
Along with being a fiber collection point for NEAFP, Jack and Anita Greider operate a full service alpaca farm offering many services including but not limited to: Custom Blended Alpaca Feed, Gate Sales, Animal Sales, Stud Services, and several fiber related events throughout the year. For a full list of their services and more information about their farm and animals, be sure to check out their website at http://www.wsfalpacas.com/
WindSwept Farm is open 7 days a week for fiber drop offs, contact them today to coordinate a convenient time to get your fiber dropped off and ready for the next truck pickup.
Next Trucking Date: July 1st, 2013
4th Annual North American Alpaca
We are happy to announce we will be a sponsor for the 4th Annual North American Shearing Contest . Here are all the details:
Want to have some fun?
Show off your alpaca shearing skills?
Hang out and swap tips, stories & gear info with other shearers?
Attend the 4th Annual North American Alpaca Shearing Contest!
Come to compete, to watch or Volunteer, either way plan to have some fun!
|Date: Saturday June 22nd, 2013
Time: 8am Start
Marlee Farm Alpacas
330 Rupert Mountain Rd
Pawlet, VT 05761
Entry fee: $69
Fiber Classing award sponsored by NEAFP. Click Here for more information. See the rules for complete list of prizes.
The rules will reward the performance that meets the alpaca breeder’s expectations.
Fleece quality, look of the alpaca and time to shear will be considered.
Kevin O’Leary, an AOBA judge and alpaca breeder, will judge the competition.
Classes based on all levels of experience (# of alpaca shorn/yr) and an open class.
Space is limited to 30 participants so sign up soon.
$2000 in prizes will be awarded.
Pride of competing and succeeding.
And the fun of getting together and having some laughs with other shearers and breeders!
Who’s in? Register today!
Spread the word to your fellow shearers too!
Volunteers needed for:
Fiber clean up
Photographer and/or Videographer
Register to volunteer today!
We've recently added the USPS Saver choice to the list of shipping options and are experimenting working with the post office for smaller sized orders. UPS and FedEx both recently raised their ground service rates, it especially affects smaller sized orders under 6 lbs. We know that shipping can be costly, especially on small orders so we are hoping that by offering a better option through the post office we can help everyone cut down their shipping and handling costs.
The post office does take slightly longer to process and deliver orders, it's tracking is also not as accurate as UPS or FedEx but there is a decent price difference in the services for small packages. Once you get into larger sized packages, the shipping rates become very comparable across all the services so we will continue to use UPS exclusively for the larger sized orders.
We just re-activated our CLOSEOUT category in the product catalog and have added some new items we need to clear out. We have new inventory and styles on the way and it's time to part with these items. Be sure to check the category often as we will be leaving it up permanently and adding new items periodically throughout the year.
2/25 Update: We've added some more Abnormal Survival Sock dozens to the closeout page as well as some waste baskets. We plan to add items every few weeks so keep your eyes peeled as most items are in very limited quantities and will move quickly.
We will be closed for the rest of today (Friday 2/8/2013) to get home safe and sound and prepare for Winter Storm Nemo. It's predicted we will be receiving about 2 ft of snow and blizzard conditions overnight. We hope you and your alpacas are safe and sound throughout the weekend weather. We expect to be back up and running on Monday morning!