Sell Us Your Fleece

Battenkill Fibers provides value-added, custom carding and spinning services for fiber farms and others, and manufactures yarn and fiber products for wholesale and retail markets. We produce artisan quality natural-colored and kettle-dyed yarn using traditional semi-worsted milling machinery.

We are committed to our customers and our community – we pay a fair price for fibers sourced from family-owned farm and we insure equitable evaluation of fiber quality.

Currently we are buying fleeces with the following qualities:

  • Alpaca and llama fleeces must be white, beige or light fawn in color. Sheep and Goat fleeces must be white in color.
  • The staple length must be between 3.0 and 6.0 inches in length (not stretched).
  • Fleeces must not be moldy.
  • Fleeces must not have moths.
  • Fleeces must be free of dung and other vegetation.
  • Fleeces must be sound (no fiber breakage).

There should be no second cuts, head, neck, or belly fiber. Skirted fleeces are preferable and may be worth more.

What to Expect

Once you have read over the purchasing requirements, and you decide to proceed, our fleece buyer will be in touch with you as to the delivery or pick up arrangements of your fleece. Options include mailing, drop off at the mill, or, for lots over 100 lbs., pick-ups at your farm. You will be charged $.50/mile for BVF to transport.

Before any fleece is purchased, BVF will evaluate it. Evaluation will occur either at your farm (for lots over 100 lbs.) or at the mill. Evaluations include, but are not limited to breed preference, staple length, vegetation load, strength and uniformity of fiber, crimp character, and softness. If you choose not to have your fleeces evaluated, BVF may offer to buy the fleece outright for $1.00 per pound.

To view our complete purchasing guidelines please click here.