Alpaca Naturally Inc. is a new company, built on nearly 60 years of experience. From the first days of alpacas in Canada, breeders have wanted someone to “just buy my fibre”. Alpaca Naturally Inc. is prepared to buy classed alpaca fleece, stream each grade, length and color lot into the correct product line, work with the mills to create the best quality product, and then wholesale the resulting quality assured Canadian made alpaca product to a variety of discriminating retail outlets, making alpaca goods more accessible to an expanding market.
We are filling a need in the alpaca industry but we are also supplying a demand of consumers for consistent quality assured Canadian made alpaca product.
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Alpaca Naturally Inc. was incorporated in September 2014 by Cathy Merkley, Cathy Newby and Lynn Hilderman. These three alpaca farmers have been learning, practicing and teaching proper fibre management on their alpaca farms, volunteering in the industry, pioneering fibre initiatives and education opportunities since 1996, the earliest days of alpacas in Canada. These girls know their fibre and have set a high standard of quality assurance.
Cathy Newby specialized in breeding black alpacas under the farm name Just Choice Alpacas. She manages her successful Alpaca Store and Studio in Dinsmore, Sk. Cathy is the logistics expert of the trio and was a founding member of the Canadian Camelid Fibre Co-operative. She served on the BOD for many years holding a variety of positions including Treasurer and President. Cathy is a qualified knitter and fibre expert.
Cathy Merkley co owns and operates TnC Farms and the Alpaca Loft Fibre Studio in Lloydminster, Sk. She is a respected certified AOA Fleece and Halter Judge who has worked around North America, and in Europe. She is a certified Classer since 2004 and has worked across Canada, classing fleece and giving herd assessments. She has recently written and instructs the Certified Classing Program for Halliburton College in Ontario. Cathy is a juried knitter and qualified fibre expert.
Lynn Hilderman owns and operates Country Vista Alpacas near Strasbourg, Sk. She is a Shearer, Certified Classer & Sorter since 2004, and in 2015 became an official Fibre Mentor through the Halliburton Program. She volunteered at the first Canadian Camelid Fibre Co-op collection in 2001 where 3000 lbs of fibre were processed in one week. She has had her hands in fibre learning and teaching ever since. Lynn is a spinner, felter and qualified fibre expert.