Blogs

Welcome to our new Website!

Posted on Jan 10th, 2014 By Rachel Boucher 0 Comments

As we enter our 10th year of processing, we decided to revamp our website. We've learned a lot, grown a lot, and changed a lot in the past 10 years and have added to our website to reflect that growth. You'll find more information on processing than ever, be able to track your order online, and see more photos of what goes on here.

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Fiber Processing

Alpaca Fiber Processing on ABC 6 News

Posted on Dec 6th, 2013 - By rachalpacafarm - 1 Comment

In October 2013, ABC 6 News from Rochester, MN were at Northern Sky Alpaca in Dodge Center to talk to Laurie Weed about lovable alpacas. Then the news team traveled up Route 61 to talk to Rachel about alpaca fiber processing. This story was aired on Made in the Midwest.

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It has begun!

Posted on Mar 15th, 2014 - By Rachel Boucher - 0 Comments

Well, it is finally March! On March 3rd, we were -20, before the windchill. This week, it has been in the +40s, and we have had a ton of melting. We even had to turn on the air conditioner in the mill, to get the humidity down. What a difference a week makes! With the advent of the spring thaw comes lambs. Miss Mollie had twins this week, a boy & a girl. Check out the newborns! Traditionally, early March is a slow time for fiber coming into the mill. If you need something done in time for Llama Magic or Shepherds Harvest, we may be able to do it! Just give us a call at 651-485-7916. Happy…

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Price increase on suri alpaca fiber processing, effective September 1, 2015

Posted on Aug 31st, 2015 - By Rachel Boucher - 0 Comments

We have been processing an increasing amount of suri fiber over the years, and it has become a large part of our business. Unfortunately, suri requires a lot of extra time-consuming hand work, and we can no longer absorb that cost. For suri fiber received after September 1st, 2015, there will be an increase of $3 per pound on all suri fiber we process, including the suri in blends. All suri yarns will be $35 per pound. The normal 15% discount for 25+ pound lots still applies, however the rate for 100+ pound lots will increase to $24.25 per pound. Suri roving & batts will be $23 per pound. Suri felts will be $28 per pound. Suri rug yarn will be $21 per pound. Please feel free to contact us if you have any…

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Photography

Loons and Chicks

Posted on Jun 20th, 2014 - By rachalpacafarm - 4 Comments

On Monday, June 9th, for my early 50th birthday present, my lovely wife sent me on this Loons and Chicks Workshop. This workshop was led by Professional Wildlife and Nature Photographer Nathan Lovas. Nate brought me and other photographers up close and personal with many loon families on Clearwater Lake in Annandale, MN on his pontoon boat. He gave us pointers on camera settings and told us when a great moment will be coming up for a photo shot, without even picking up his own camera to shoot. So here is what I learned about loons using my favorite images.

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