NEAFP Note: 20 years of U.S. Alpaca
February 2017
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20 Years of U.S. Alpaca

NEAFP's First Website, circa 2000
It's hard to believe but NEAFP is now entering it's 20th year of operation. The Fiber Pool was started in 1997 by three women farmers with one clear vision: in order for the U.S. alpaca industry to be sustainable there needs to be a commercial scale fiber processing solution here in the United States, available to all farms, big and small. Although the original three founding farms retired from NEAFP in the early 2000's, we are proud to have picked up the reins and continued down the path they set forth for us.

Today, as we wrap up shipping our first manufacturing lot of U.S. alpaca fiber of 2017, weighing in at just under 15,000 lbs, we feel very grateful for where we've been, where we are, and where we are going as an industry and as a fiber pool.

To all contributing alpaca farms, especially those who recognize the snapshot of our first website above, Thank you very much for your continued support.  We look forward to continuing to serve your needs and help get more fiber out of the fields and in to the U.S. manufacturing value add chain!

2017 is already shaping up to be an exciting year, we can't wait to share it with you!

Survival Sock Video

In case you missed it, last week on NEAFP's Facebook page we launched our Survival Sock Video - showcasing the features that go into the sock. It's been shared on over 200 farms pages and viewed over 16,000 times! We made the video to be used as a resource to help farms sell socks to their customers, so feel free to post this video to your website(s), social media pages, or anywhere else you'd like.

You can find all the Share and Embed code on the Youtube Page.

Mobile Payment Survey Results

by Brianna Paon

First and foremost we’d like to thank everybody who read our Square Mobile Payment Article as well as participated in our Alpaca Store Mobile Payment survey! Your feedback is extremely important to us and we of course wouldn’t be able to be here without the help and support of our customers and their flourishing businesses.

We created this survey partly to help us to gauge how our products are being carried forward into the world of retail, and what is offered in terms of payment methods. As we’ve concluded in that article, one of the most if not the most important favor you can do for your small business is offer the use of credit/debit cards. If you are not offering this payment alternative, you are running the risk of losing business to competitors, even if you have the best product and best overall brand message.



We are living in a time where quickness and convenience coincide with one another―nobody wants to feel like they are wasting their time simply by trying to buy your products and give you money. Judging by the results of the survey, we can conclude that an average of 87% of our customers (you guys!) accept payments through credit and debit cards, and out of that 87% a solid 65% use Square as their POS (Point of Sale) system.


For those who may be a bit skeptical, or think it isn’t necessary or of interest to explore the opportunity of mobile payment usage, I candidly ask you to think again. A loyal customer of ours had said it best, “anyone who doesn’t take credit is leaving money on the table.”


Some other notable survey result quotes:


"Taking credit/debit cards has increased my sales exponentially. I am also able to offer incentives and discounts to customers online AND as a thank you to those who have already purchased. I couldn't do the business I have without using Square. Love it!"


"We find the data collection of the Square system to be a real asset to our business. Sales tax reporting is a breeze; setup is easy for a non techie person; information on exactly what sold over any time frame is invaluable; refund processing is easy. wouldn't be without it."


Over the last month we have been posting several alpaca business related articles to our NEAFP Blog.
To stay up to date on all things NEAFP, be sure to check out the NEAFP Blog periodically and follow us on Facebook and Instragram

2016 Fiber Collection Sort Status

Last Fall we had several large regional fiber collection points and big Fall Show collections land on our doorstep at the exact same time. Our sorters have been playing catch up ever since. After fiber arrives, it normally takes about 8 to 10 weeks to complete but we are trailing about 4 to 6 weeks behind this schedule. We apologize for the delay, the good news is that we are starting to get back on schedule and expect to have the Fall and Winter's fiber sorted and checked into everyone's accounts around the end of February.

Note: Dropped off fiber at a collection point or show and want to place an order? Not a problem - just let us know in the Order Notes box that the required fiber is in queue (specify collection / event) and we will release the order at the fiber price point knowing it's here!


OH Collection -Completed, Reports will be going out shortly

WI (Hesprich) Collection - Being Sorted Now

EMPIRE & PAOBA 2016 Show Collections - On Deck

VA Collections - On Deck


Fiber U - Complete

NY Collection - Complete

KY Collection - Complete

WI (Gease) - Complete

NEAOBA Fiber Crawl - Complete

WA State Collection - Complete

MAPACA 2016 - Complete

CABO / Southern Select 2016 Show - Complete

North American / NorthEast Alpaca Expo - Complete

In this NEAFP Note:

Events & Shows

Get your hands and eyes on our latest products + get your fiber to us for free!

Carolina Alpaca Celebration - Feb. 18th & 19th, 2017

Concord, NC

*AOA National Alpaca Show* - March 17-19th, 2017

*no fiber collection @ this show

Denver, CO

North American Alpaca Show + NorthEast Alpaca Expo + Bay State Small Breeders Blast - March 30 - April 2nd, 2017

West Springfield, MA

MAPACA Jubilee Show - April 21st - 23rd, 2017

Harrisburg, PA

Head to Fiber Collection Section
We expanded our 2016 Alpaca Fiber Purchase program and  purchased over 18,000 lbs of fiber from U.S. Farms!

Our Fiber Purchase program is going to stay open through 2017, find out how you can take advantage of it!
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