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Kissin' Coussens Alpaca Farm

21 yrs > Semi-Retirement > Make Offer!

Laura Coussens
P.O. Box 155Arlington, WA 98223
(360) 652-8742
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Snowmass RRoyal Fox 17.5m/3.5sd/20.2cv/99.7%CF; gray daughter is a EPD 1%er!
Casimiro 18.0m/3.0sd/16.7cv/0.7>30
Constantino 15.9m/3.3sd/20.6cv/0.3>30

All reasonable offers considered. Contact Laura regarding shipping and semi-retirement pricing.

For the 13 and 14 micron grays and maroon we produced, see Mellona, Marquis, and American Dream who now resides at Delphi Alpacas in CO.

Our 2018 cria crop is FANTASTIC, but we STILL MUST REDUCE HERD SIZE! All reasonable offers will be considered. JOIN WITH OTHER FARMS WHO HAVE HAD NUMEROUS SUCCESSES WITH OUR CAREFULLY BRED TOP QUALITY HUACAYA ALPACAS.

Love the pedigrees...Love the progeny! We breed for soundness and longevity, efficient reproduction and lactation along with the most amazing alpaca fleece: uniform fineness with high frequency crimp, exquisite softness, high brightness, length, supple drape and a high yield. Our herd's blue ribbon winning matriarch produced 13 crias, including "future of the industry" champion Constantino who at 14 years old sired two blue ribbon winning sons!

EPDs: In 2016, we got caught up on histograms and we are extremely pleased with our herd's EPDs that reflect more accurately the high rankings and staying power of our alpaca's fleeces to five years of age and beyond (See Flint as one example). 2017 and 2018 not submitted (yet).

Follicle density, staple length and fiber diameter determine fleece weight (yield). Each alpaca is capable of producing only a certain amount of fleece each year. Some breeders are selecting for higher density = more follicles. This usually takes away from staple length. And as the alpaca ages, the staple length produced becomes even shorter. This results in fewer years of fiber production that can be used for clothing. Long staple is needed for high quality garment applications. If an alpaca can produce a longer stapled fleece for more years, and maintain fineness, then the value is increased. Do the math...it's better to have a little less density and a lot more staple length over the lifetime of the alpaca.

We focus on what it takes to perpetuate the species for future successful generations because we believe that the real success of our efforts must last long after we've passed our torch to the next keepers of the herd. Our efforts are working...We have never had to do a C-section, correct a torsion, bottle feed a cria, or do an IgG transfusion.

We choose matings carefully with the goal of producing "prepotent" offspring that are overall superior to both parents and are top producers of fleece and progeny. Professional shearers have told us that our herd is one of the finest and most abundantly fleeced herds they shear. Many of our sold alpacas and their descendants have had great production and show successes including the Futurity and AOA Nationals.

Quote from a mill owner about alpaca fleece: "...amazing quality...(alpaca breeders) should raise wool on the side since you're so good at alpaca." No sheep's wool can ever be as soft as the best alpaca because the scales on all sheep's wool flare out. Alpaca...feel it and become a believer too.


Farm Terms & Financing

Terms and Financing can be customized to suit your needs. Please call to discuss the possibilities.

Q. Why raise alpaca?

A. Because the USA needs more alpaca breeders and because there's nothing else like the alpaca...every product is intrinsically superior...the softest and warmest fleece, the leanest protein and "black gold" manure and they are easy to keep. Mid-day births usually need no assistance; very easy to train; safe to handle; dozens of natural fleece colors.

They have been domesticated for thousands of years, but because of past restrictions on exporting and historical events, their world population was static to declining and is still small today. So breeding alpacas is an effort in species recovery, diversity and expansion
as well.

New breeders are needed for national herd growth and to replace retiring breeders!