Happy (almost) Summer from everyone here at the alpaca fiber pool!
Most of the national herd has been sheared and our Fiber Collection efforts are underway.
Some farms are open by appointment or soon to be open, so be sure to head to our Fiber Collection page (http://bit.ly/neafp-fiber-collect) and make arrangements to put your fiber to work.
Farms that filled out our Spring fiber survey are also receiving email notifications when a location opens up in the vicinity so keep your eyes peeled for those.
After a very long year cooped up, it was so nice to see everyone at the Parade of Champions Alpaca Auction earlier this month. The fiber we collected is being sorted through now with expected completion before the end of the month!
This year we've increased our payout for qualifying U.S. Grown Alpaca fiber through our Fiber Purchase Program (http://bit.ly/neafp-alpaca-purchase). We think some submitting farms from this recent collection will be pleasantly surprised with their reports and payout totals!
Although we are still navigating the new "supply chain" normal as manufacturers ramp production up, we are getting excited at all the alpaca goodies in the works around the country.
We are expecting many of our staples to become available again over the Summer months so farms can stock up in preparation for another busy Fall and Winter.
Despite the pandemic, alpaca farms had their best Q4 ever selling U.S. Grown, U.S. Made Alpaca products, and that momentum has continued into 2021.
With businesses opening up and restrictions lifting across most of the country, we are seeing people venturing out and flocking to support Alpaca Farms and Agri-tourism in general (https://bit.ly/2021-business-trends).
We believe these growing headwinds in support of small businesses, agritourism, and natural fiber-based clothing will help alpaca farms reach new heights in the years to come.
So once again, Happy (almost) Summer from everyone here at the alpaca fiber pool!