East Anglia Alpaca Mill

‘The proof is in the processing’

Welcome to East Anglia Alpaca Mill located just 10 miles east of Norwich and on the edge of the beautiful Norfolk Broads. For the UK alpaca industry to thrive & be truly viable, it is necessary for owners of both Huacaya & Suri to maximise the end product from their fleece. Having listened to the criticism of the existing methods of processing, we set about solving the problems by designing our own machines specifically to process alpaca fibre. By thoroughly skirting & preparing your fleece prior to arriving with us & then processing on our bespoke machinery, we will be able to help maximise your through put, increasing previously poor yields – even being able to process neck and leg fibre to felt (which has previously been considered as ‘waste’ as the fibre is too short or too coarse). We will create the best possible yarn from fibre supplied to us – uniformity both across and along staples is key. Almost all of your precious fleece can be used for something – just ask & we will happily discuss with you. All returned yarn is sent with a processing sheet detailing incoming, tumbled, clean & final weights & percentage loss. Our fibre loss figures are based on clean weight (we do not include VM, grit etc) – the more you prepare & the more uniform the fibre, the higher the yield. Our ‘best’ results so far have been a loss of just 2.73% on a 5kg batch. Our machines are designed to handle the varying staple lengths, but batches need to be of uniform staple length and micron to maximise yield.  Neck and leg fibre should not be mixed with blanket.

We assure you of the following:

  • We do not blend alpaca with other fibres – in fact we only process alpaca
  • We use the semi-worsted process which is the preferred method of processing for alpaca
  • We guarantee you will receive your own fleece back & in a much faster turn around time (subject to our booking in process)
  • We process client runs, not colour runs minimising any possibility of contamination with other clients fibre
  • We can process just one fleece if required (minimum weight 1.75kgs)
  • We are also happy to process fleece which is more than two years old subject to examination
  • We process both huacaya & suri (please speak to us regarding lock length)
  • We are eco-friendly & harvest rain water which is re-used up to 20 times
  • We even offer an express service for those in a rush or with a strict deadline to meet
  • All prices are clearly displayed on our ‘Price List’ page with no hidden charges
  • Additional services which are chargeable are skirting (confirmed with client before commencing), single fleece premium & Express premium
  • The prices quoted include tumbling, scouring, drying, picking, carding, gilling, spinning, plying & skeining / balling/winding onto cones

In fact we like to think we make things as simple as possible for you from start to finish & assure you of our best service at all times So please get in touch with us to discuss your requirements using the contact form or by phone  

01493 750429      07762 439923

Supported by RDPE Grant, DEFRA and EAFRD

East Anglia Alpaca Mill is supported by RDPE grant funding delivered through the Norfolk Coast and Broads Local Action Group.
The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by Defra and the EU
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development EAFRD : Europe investing in rural areas