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Friends & Neighbors
Online novels featuring Californian JJ
as a mystery-solving alpaca breeder.
We provided photos and background
info to the author Arlene Harman.
Alpacas of Oregon
Sherwood, Oregon - quality alpacas at
moderate prices. Co-owners of our
herdsires Obi, Champ, & Carrera;
our "booth buddy" at many shows.
Central Point, Oregon - specializing in
fine fleece as well as outstanding
Deer Creek Farms
Sheridan, Oregon - alpacas and
Tigard, Oregon - quality suri alpacas.
Northwest Alpacas, Ltd
Scholls, Oregon - suri and huacaya
alpacas for sale; business plans for
breeders and owners.
Gaston, Oregon - colored alpacas with
Alpaca Owners Association
Alpaca Registry, Inc
From the Alpaca Registry - all sorts of info
on alpaca care, marketing, showing,
breeding, farm management, and more.
Oregon Wool Growers Association
Wool and fleece, roving, yarn, and other
products from Oregon farms.
Black Sheep Newsletter
Find family farms, farmers' markets, locally
grown produce and meat, and other
sources of sustainably grown food in your
The Farm Hub
Listing farms in U.S. and Canada for organic
From SpinOff Magazine:
Download a free guide to spinning wool,
focusing on Border Leicester, Wensleydale,
and Jacob wool.
Farm Service Administration
USDA info on loans for beginning farmers -
the catch is that often you need 3 years of
farming experience. Plus, loans targeted to
women, African Americans, American
Indians, Alaskan natives, Hispanics, Asian
Americans, and Pacific Islanders, and
programs to help landowners sell land on a
contract to a new or minority farmer.
January 2013: microloans ($35,000 or less)
with an interest rate of 1.25%. The loan
features a streamlined application and a
simplified qualification process built to fit the
needs of new and smaller producers.
For beginning Farmers
Beginning farmers, by USDA definition, are
individuals with 10 years or less experience
operating farms. This is a new online portal
that helps provide assistance and includes
links to training, financing, technical
assistance and other support services
specifically for beginning farmers and
ranchers, as well as successful case studies
about new and beginning farmers and
Another USDA site for beginning farmers:
build a personalized recommendation of
USDA programs and services, plus info on
writing a business plan, obtaining a loan,
filing taxes, and more.
Oregon State Extension Service
Extension service offers educational
materials through an online catalog, many
without charge, plus information about 4-H.
Materials on everything from crops and
livestock to conservation to caring for the
Clackamas County, 503-655-8635.
Washington County, 503-725-2110.
Maryland Small Ruminant website
Links for shepherds - "predators," "sheep
for beginners," "parasites," forms for record
keeping, and more. Much of it applies to
alpacas, as well as sheep and goats.
International Camelid Institute
from Ohio State University, the Institute has
information on camelid health and
NCAT Sustainable Agricultural Project
Resources for starting a fiber animal
A Guide to All Things Sheep from Premier
Sheep Community of Practice - type your
questions into a new interactive board and
get answers within 48 hours, take online
courses, participate in webinars, read
research as part of a network from industry,
government, and education sources.
Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program: online
courses, many applicable to alpacas also.
The Livestock Conservancy: research,
education, and communication to promote
and conserve endangered breeds of
livestock and poultry.
Rural Ads - free ads for rural America
Because we used to own horses, and I've always loved them...
For horse owners in financial trouble:
Feed: Oregon Horse Welfare Council offers help with hay.
541-482-5550 or htttp://tinyurl.com/yl38bnp.
Your place must pass an inspection.
Oregon Hay Bank, 4723 Hwy 66, Ashland OR 97520, 541-482-5550,
oregonhaybank.org All donations are tax-deductible.
Sound Equine Options: feed, vet care, and training for neglected
horses in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.
Vaccinations: Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign,
provides common vaccines (for rescues only). 859-233-0147 or
Rescues: Lists of rescue organizations
1. Unwanted Horse Welfare Coalition http://tinyurl.com/yky7q9s
2. Oregon Horse Welfare Council http://tinyurl.com/yztpc8v
3. Free listings for people who want to put their horse up for
4. Equine Therapy barns may accept a healthy horse.
Try Forward Stride 503-590-2959 or http://forwardstride.org
or www.narha.org (click on 'find a center.')
5. For help with humane euthanasia: http://oregoniansagainst
Washington State Animal Response Team Orientation (WASART)
is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to large (and small) animal
response situations for individual or community wide animal needs
as a result of natural, man made, or other disasters. Flood
evacuation planning, large scale disaster evacuation and handling,
and individual livestock extraction activities are their forte.
They have a fully accredited training and response program in
conjunction with national Strategic Animal Response Plans through
FEMA, USDA, etc. They are very much interested in expanding and
diversifying the breadth of their membership and knowledge base
by including folks from livestock areas beyond cattle and horses.
Gretchen McCallum, J.D. President
Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART)
"Helping Animals and Their Owners in Disasters"