The US Alpaca Fiber Council (USAFC) assists US manufacturers in production, promotion, and marketing of alpaca fiber. Since the US first commercially imported alpacas in 1984, the primary focus of the individual alpaca breeder has been to produce offspring with the finest, softest, most lustrous fleece. This concept has produced a national herd of superior fleece that is able to compete in the global market. Today the alpaca industry is moving forward to produce products that will be commonly found in homes across the United States and abroad.
USAFC, which aims to develop a sustainable and efficient US alpaca supply chain, was formed to bridge the gap between expectations of manufacturers and needs of the alpaca community. The council consists of artisan and commercial mills, agricultural cooperatives and alpaca industry experts that are qualified to support manufacturers with their alpaca product initiatives.
The mission of USAFC is to build an efficient communication infrastructure bridging the gap between US alpaca growers and US manufacturers by educating growers on profitability, sustainability and best harvest practices. Benefits to manufacturing will include sourcing, pricing, quality assurance and market analysis. The council aims to create a focal point where US growers and manufacturers can develop strategies to address technology, market access and quality.