The key to our success is our suppliers, we can not do this without them. The following is a list of common questions. If your question is not answered below please contact us.
What is alpacafibre .com.au
The operation is set up as a depot shed for the purpose of lot building, targeting the wider commercial market with sales to date primarily direct to both large and small processors.
What fleece are you collecting?
To date we have concentrated on huacaya which represents the vast majority of fleece sold. However we are currently experiencing some interest in suri fleece, and have quantities stockpiled, and expect to be doing more with it soon.
What colours are you accepting?
We currently accept all colours, however we have experienced very low demand for roans, rose greys and appaloosas. To date, for mainline fleece, we have paid the same price for all colours.
How do I need to prepare my fleece?
Fleece is prepared for market as per “Alpaca Fleece Classing Code Of Practice Industry Standard for the Preparation of Australian Alpaca Edition Two”. Noting that we will prepare lots to mill specifications that may not fit within lines defined in the Code of Conduct.
When receiving mainline fleece we expect it to be well sheared and skirted with minimum vegetable matter contamination unless otherwise noted by the grower. The grower’s fleece is then matched to the appropriate line to try and achieve the best return for the them.
Do you offer training?
To date, we have run a number of training opportunities including shed preparation, stock preparation, packing of fleece, and understanding fleece test results. At this point in time we have not charged for this training.
How do I get my fleece to you?
Unless by prior arrangement all fleece is to be delivered to our depot by the grower. The fleece does not have to be micron tested however if the fleece has been tested by a recognised lab we do request this information is provided to us. We expect mainline fibre to be supplied individually bagged. We will now only accept fleece bulk classed by prior agreement.
Fleece delivery is by negotiation, and where possible fleece is catalogued upon receipt. This allows particularly for first time growers, for the identification of mistakes and allows for education to help prevent these mistakes in the future.
How much will you pay me?
All mainline fleece is supplied to us on a consignment basis. Unless otherwise instructed we will sell on a first available sale basis. We can provide estimated returns to grower at time of consignment.
Wages are paid to all staff involved in processing of fleece. Where fleece is found not to have met expectations upon delivery we are currently investigating adding a per kg surcharge to correct the problems or alturnatively we let the grower take the fleece back and deal with it themselves.
When do I get paid?
Payments for mainline fleece are made to the grower following the sale of their fleece. For non-mainline fleece payment may be made prior to sale dependant on volume. The ultimate aim is to be in the position to pay cash on delivery.