Processing Prices

IMPORTANT! Pre-processing Information!!!!

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OUR MILL IS A SPECIALTY FIBER MILL PROCESSING ALPACA (HUACAYA AND SURI), LLAMA (ALL FIBER TYPES INCLUDING SURI), AND MOHAIR   (For cashmere, yak, bison, etc... see Dehairing)

THE DUAL COATED PRIMATIVE BREEDS ARE OUR "WOOL" SPECLIALTY.  WE PROCESS ALL TYPES OF WOOL EXCEPT "MERINO, RAMBOUILLET, BOND, CORMO"

 

THERE IS NO MINIMUM INCOMING WEIGHT FOR BATTS OR ROVINGS ,

COMMERCIAL NEEDLE FELTING NEEDS 2 LBS OF RAW FIBER PER SHEET

 

Huacaya Alpaca - Classic and Single Coated Llamas

Washing/Tumbling: 6.00/lb Picking/Carding: 10.00/lb into rovings/batts

Suri Alpaca - Suri Llama - Mohair

Double Wash: 12.00/lb Extra Picking: 4.00/lb
Picking/Carding: 10.00/lb Extra Carding: 6.00/lb
Primative Wool: Icelandic, Shetland, Navajo Churro, Jacob
Washing: 8.00/lb Picking/Carding: 10.00/lb into rovings/batts

Medium Wool

Washing: 9.00/lb  Extra Wash for very dirty wool: 8.00/lb Picking/Carding: 10.00/lb into rovings/batts
 

Description of Mill Processing Services

1) Tumbling:....removes loose dirt and some VM ... $4.00/lb for all types fiber Tumbling is charged only when the fiber is extremely full of VM or loose dirt, otherwise, it is included in the washing fee

2)  Washing:... based on incoming skirted weight  

All customer washed fiber/wool found unsuitable for processing will be rewashed by mill after contact and consent from customer.

Low Lanolin Wool & Primitive Wool

Washing includes: 1 soak, 2 washes, & 3 rinses

* very dirty fleece, use an additional FULL wash *

*************Our mill does not offer washing by itself.*************

3)  Picking: (alone)... based on washed weight ... $4.00/lb per pass for all fiber
 
4) Fiber Separating:  This is used to get out more of the guard hair in both alpaca and llama fiber.  Good for hip/shoulder into rovings/batts.   It is 10.00/lb.  We do not use this as a "VM Machine"
 

5)  Carding: ..based on washed weight.  Depending on the micron and staple length, determines your carde yield. The shorter and courser the fiber the more throw down from the carder... but.. this is good, as it leaves the good fiber to go into rovings/batts.  WE PUT YOUR ROVINGS, LOOSE INTO A CEAR BAG...  IT CAN BE WOUND INTO BUMPS AT NO EXTRA CHARGE, BUT WE NEED TO BE ADVISED OF THIS CHANGE

 
6)  Blending:... is usually done during the picking process for no extra charge.... but if you want it thoroughly blended ... it is $6.00/lb per pass for all fiber.  We have commericial merino, organic polworth, bamboo (dyed & white), tussah silk, Angelina, commericial yak, yak & silk blend, bunny, dehaired alpaca/llama from which you can choose as a blending fiber.  Pleast email for fiber prices to montanamill@gmail.com

7) Commercial Needle Felting:   Uses carded batts.  We can make a pre-felt, felt for cut and sew, insole felt
 

 

 

We do not accept unskirted fiber. All sheared fiber needs to be skirted and free of VM before sending it to any mill... just don't roll it up, stuff it in a bag, and send it to a mill thinking it will come back looking like a million bucks... this does not happen... An unskirted fleece will cost you extra money in shipping, an additional hand picking from the mill, and you will get back a low value end product.  If it is that full of VM...throw it away and focus on another clean fleece.  VM = hay... toe nails.... chicken feathers...manure stained fiber tips..felted fiber... sun burned tips..fiber shorts swept up from the floor.

If your fiber makes a crunching noise in your hand when squeezing it.. it has too much VM in it.

 

 

 

 

 

I am attaching two articles which will help every fiber breeder.  One is for wool and the other is for alpaca/llamas.   It has helped many fiber breeders to prepare a better fleece for mill processing.  

Wool:  http://www.icelandicsheep.com/Winters_work.htm This is from Tongue River Icelandics and is very good!  Scroll down to "Procedures" at the bottom of the page.

Alpaca/Llamas:   http://www.shadyhaven.com/harvest%20fleece.htm  This is from Vanessa Kessler's wonderful website.  What makes a good fleece for either show competition or for sending to a mill to be spun is the blowing of dirt and hay from the fiber before shearing...  I shear my own alpacas and this also helps to keep the clipper blades sharper for a longer length of time. Your shearer will thank you. 

Our mill sends back to each customer a sample bag of fiber pulled from each item processed and attached to the finished product.  This will help you to see what VM tends to stay in the fiber making the finished product what it is.  Take a portion from the small bag and submerge it into a basin of water... you will see how the very fine particles of hay and bedding material embed itself into the fiber and do not release.  This is very helpful for future selections of your alpaca's fiber for processing at any mill.

Please insert our "ORDER FORM" in every bag of fiber being shipped to our mill.  ALL CUSTOMER FIBER BAGS MUST HAVE A PIECE OF PAPER WITH YOUR NAME ON IT ENCLOSED IN EACH SEPARATE BAG.

 

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"Isaac" Angora male of Jean Acquino's

Mahoganey Chance

Dam: Kyanna Dual Reg.

Sire: Intensifire Dual Reg.

 

 

Navajo Churro ram of Leslie McGuire's, along with other Churros and a Jacob.
Colored Angora kids, owned by Jean Acquino

 

A look at the crimp and the lock structure of a fleece

 

Shetland ewe owned by Valerie Hogan

Dorothy Boyson and her llama Sulu & Siam owned by Jean Acquino
 
 



Going to the Sun Fiber Mill  2011


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