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Spring Harvest Fiber Mill is a family-owned and operated fiber mill located in the sunny Yakima Valley of Central Washington. 

Owners Bob and Danise Cathel are committed to milling alpaca and other fibers into luxurious, soft and useful end products. They are avid fiber artists and love working with all types of fiber, with alpaca being their favorite. They also enjoy caring for their 35 alpacas at their farm, Silbury Hill Alpacas. Day-to-day operations of the mill include the whole family: Bob and Danise, daughter Diane, son Anthony, daughter-in-law Sarah, and good friend Levi Burnes.

The Cathels are very excited to be partnering in the Mill with international alpaca judge, Amanda VandenBosch. Amanda's creativity and knowledge of fiber are an integral part in making the unique yarns produced at the mill. 

Spring Harvest Fiber Mill’s primary goal is producing quality fiber products: soft, bright yarns in several weights, roving, felt products and woven rugs and scarves. Education is also a priority of the Mill. We welcome inquiries about all things fiber and processing.


Dr. Jacquelyn (Jackie) Waltner has been a practicing camelid veterinarian in the Pacific Northwest since 1997. She first became involved in the camelid community as a student at Oregon State University in 1992 when she began working with their llama and alpaca research herd. Jackie graduated from Oregon State University with her Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1993, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University in 1997. “Dr. Jackie”, as she is affectionately referred to by her long time clients, brings an extensive camelid background, in part from working as a resident veterinarian for the largest alpaca producer in North America and also as a respected solo-practitioner. In 1999 Dr. Jackie began working in a mixed practice where she became dedicated to bettering the lives of companion animals. She continues to enjoy working with a variety of small animals.

openherd is north america's leading alpaca marketplace, offering buyers the widest selection of alpacas and alpaca products, and sellers the industry’s best online marketing tools, including personal farm websites, herd health software, online auctions, and sales list management.


Liberty Alpacas is a leading alpaca breeder located in Maple Valley, WA who has been raising alpacas since 2007.

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Ian Lutz is the co-owner along with his wife, Jennifer, of Cas-Cad-Nac Farm LLC (CCNF) in Weathersfield, VT, where they live with their two teenage sons. Day to day, Ian is the webmaster, blogger, and breeding manager at CCNF. The Lutzes purchased the land specifically for an alpaca farm in 1995, and started their business in earnest in 1997, thinking that they would one day top out at a herd of roughly 30 alpacas. That plan clearly changed along the way! Today, CCNF is recognized as one of the premier alpaca seed stock producers in North America, with a herd that numbers between 200 and 300 animals depending upon the time of year. The Lutzes are also the co owners of the Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio in Brandon, VT, a business which not only processes the fiber of outside clients, but also the majority of CCNF’s annual fiber clip. As the alpaca market has changed and adapted in recent years, CCNF has been at the forefront of promoting the importance of terminal markets and looking at traditional livestock business models as a way of making the US alpaca industry economically viable for the long-term.   

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