Our farm is located on Highway 148 in between Quyon and Shawville Quebec– in October 2007 we bought our original herd of 11 alpacas and we presently have 34. An Alpaca is a fleece producing animal having its origins in South America and is related to both the Camel and Llama. Alpaca fibre is 5 times stronger than sheep’s wool, it is also 5 times warmer than sheep’s wool and it is hypo-allergenic. It is an eco-friendly, non-chemically processed and re-newable resource.
Each spring we shear our animals and harvest their fleece. The fleece is shorn in stages, the finer fleece is used for yarns and rovings, the next grades for socks, insoles batts and rugs. After the appropriate skirting of the fibre we send the raw fleece to “mini Mills” for processing. (There is no commercial industry to process alpaca fibre in Canada)
Yarn and Rovings
We send our fibre to be transformed into yarn to a mill in Sussex, New Brunswick. This yarn will be either sold, as is, in skeins or we will knit it by hand or machine into items such as hats, mitts, baby blankets, scarves, sweaters, throws, etc.
Socks and Insoles
Fibre for this product is sent to a mill in Palmerston, Ontario. The fibre is combined there with similarly graded fleece and processed into these particular products: Terry, hiking, and Relaxed fit, dress socks and needle felted insoles.
Batts and Duvets
For Alpaca batting, our fibre goes to a mill in Osgoode, Ontario - once this process is completed another artisan sews them into duvets. (She is also an Alpaca farmer)
A mill in Paint Rock, Texas, transforms our fiber into rugs by spinning the fibre around a jute cord then hand looming it into various size rugs.
As you see – we cannot state that all the items we sell will be “locally made” however, the items are all made from the fibre of our animals - and is a direct result of our hard labour to raise, care for and refine the fleece grown by them.
The Alpaca Fibre is really one of the best natural fibres in the world and our goal is not only to offset our costs of purchasing and raising these animals but to expand the use of Natural Fibres that are not only healthier for human beings but are better and more eco-friendly than synthetically produced products.