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Bag End Suri Alpacas of Maine, LLC

Opening the door to fantastic fiber...

Jill McElderry-Maxwell
226 Snakeroot RdPittsfield, ME 04967
(207) 660-5276 (cell)

Bag End is a small, family run farm specializing in high quality suri alpacas with exquisite fiber, strong conformation and friendly temperaments. We began our alpaca journey in 2005, when Jill was offered a job halter training by a local suri breeder. It was love at first sight, and after two years of training and showing other people’s animals, we were ready to purchase our own. We moved to rural Maine in the summer of 2007.

Jill runs the farm full time, while her husband Bruce is faculty at nearby Colby College. Teenage son Fox helps with chores and enjoys showing the animals. We began with two bred females and two gelded males; we have since grown to over 50 select suris, actively seeking out the best to buy and breed to. Our goal is to breed dark brown and black suris with non-tipping, non-fading fleeces that are fine, dense and lustrous, with a slick handle. We also believe in breeding for healthy, easy to handle animals with excellent conformation. We are active show participants, bringing our animals to several top competitions a year.

We also believe in utilizing our animals' fiber, which we sell both raw and processed. After all, the luxurious, silky suri locks are what we breed these animals for! Our emphasis is first on uniformity, and secondly on micron. While we also hope to breed dense animals, we'd rather have less excellent fiber than a lot of mediocre. We histogram test our animals' fleeces in their first through third shearings, and every other year through their ninth, as lingering fineness is another goal we're pursuing. We have recently begun biopsy testing members of the herd as well.

We know that we are a small farm, and we’re happy to trade quantity for quality, and the ability to know all of our animals, and our customers, as individuals. For a new breeder, support after a sale is as important as the animal you buy. We will work with you to make sure you purchase the right animal for your needs, and to ensure that all goes well after you bring your animal home. You can rest assured knowing that you will have our committed, personal attention, before, during and after a purchase.

Please visit our new website, http://www.bagendsuris.com, for a wealth of information for owners new and old. Satisfying her inner research scientist, Jill has been actively writing a selection of well researched papers on parasite and health issues, which can be found both here on OpenHerd and our website. You can also find Jill online as an active participant in many alpaca forums.

We are members of AOA, The Suri Network, and the Maine Alpaca Association. Jill is a current board member and past President of the Suri Network, and is a past board member of MAA. Bag End is also a mentor farm in the Alpaca Center of New England, providing educational opportunities to owners, breeders and enthusiasts throughout the region - http://www.alpacacenterone.com

Farm Terms & Financing

Financing will be discussed with prospective buyers on a case by case basis. We're open to being flexible and creative, so don't be afraid to ask!

We can offer free local transportation for your purchase (within a four hour radius), or can provide transportation at a cost basis for longer distances.

Bag End herd dispersal

Bag End is closing its doors after more than a decade, and all of our suris must go. While our breeding stock have gone on to other farms, we have some excellent quality fiber and companion males left. If you've ever thought about having your own herd of suris, now is the time to talk to us!

Equipment and hay will be available after the animals are sold. All animals will come with our ongoing mentoring, although we cannot offer reproductive or pregnancy guarantees.