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Sunday, November 15 2009

The following is an excerpt from the NAAFP website:

Profitable Fiber Producer Spotlight


Summer Breeze Ranch (Blanchard, Idaho)

We would like to introduce you to Frank and Beverly Koerperich who started raising alpacas just a few years ago and now have 10-15 alpacas. Upon moving to Northern Idaho, they had their fiber sorted and are members of  NAAFP cooperative. Frank and Beverly share how fiber sorting and participation in the NAAFP cooperative has benefited them. 


2006 was the first year Frank and Beverly participated in sorting and using the NAAFP cooperative.  All their fiber was sorted by a certified sorter, but the cooperative had limited fiber runs at that time. They chose to have Lopi yarn made from their WL4 (woolen grade 4 fiber) and have sold all but one skein to date.  They also had a Throw made from WR4 (worsted grade 4 fiber), selling it as well.  Instead of throwing away their leg, belly and chest fiber, Frank and Beverly had several "Texas Rugs" woven.  They have sold 2 - 2x 3 rugs, a 3 x 5 rug and 8 energy mats. They saved the remainder of their fiber for processing in 2007 when there would be more options for products through the NAAFP cooperative.

They were paid $614.50 for their limited products in 2006 


In 2007, Summer Breeze Ranch realized the following for their fiber harvest, which included the fiber they held over from 2006




cost to process *









73 from 07 - 178 from 06





46 from 07 - 16 from 06



















TX Rug










* does not include shipping. Processing costs are different on each grade as they are processed at different processors.

** These items are being processed and will go to several retail outlets NAAFP has available to its membership.

*** some of the items from this grade have been processed and returned to be retailed but balance is awaiting to be processed so the actual amount of fiber processed cannot be determined yet.


Contribution factors in the 2007 fiber harvest for Summer Breeze Alpacas:

Frank and Beverly moved several of their alpacas to their own ranch which had new pastures.  This affected the amount of total usable fleece as it resulted in significant loss due to excess vegetation (mainly weed heads).  This happens quite often with new pastures as they tend to have more seed heads, weeds, and contaminates.  Their 2008 fleece harvest should be much higher as they have improved their pastures and reduced contaminates.  Frank is learning how to shear as well, which will improve their profit margin by eliminating that cost.


         A few words fromBeverly:

         "I was raised on a farm in the Midwest, so raising a crop (fiber, in this case) is in my blood, as is not being wasteful. I feel very fortunate to have started out having my fiber sorted and graded. Because of that, I have had much less waste and have had a wider variety of choices for what I have my fiber made into. By having my fiber sorted and graded, a superior product is produced, which is not only nice for what I use for myself but for the items I have to sell.  Learning about sorting and grading has given me knowledge that helps me in my decisions about which animals to purchase, as well as which herd sires to use in my breeding program. All in all, I see this as a positive step forward in the alpaca industry."  

                                                                                                                                            - Beverly Koerperich

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