— The Openherd Team

About Us

Alpaca Country Estates Ranch and Bed & Breakfast
is a working alpaca ranch located in Central Oregon.  Our herd, which began with the purchase of
six loveable Huacaya alpacas in 2006, is now over 1,000 strong.  The ranch offers breathtaking views of the
Cascade Mountains, and includes a bed and breakfast, fashion design company,
artistry classroom, and boutique store.

One of Alpaca Country Estates strongest assets is
owning exceptional herdsires as well as high quality dams.  With over thirty current herdsires, Nancy
meticulously decides which animal is the ultimate choice to breed to whom, planning
every breeding decision for an outcome of soft, fine fleece, with lots of dense
fiber on those “teddy bear” critters with their pleasing personalities.  There is nothing more rewarding than the
thrill of seeing the results of your labor of love, by viewing that newly born
cria and knowing that you have another winner!

Our strong breeding program has an emphasis on
uniformity, fineness with a soft handle, brightness, and density.  Currently, we have been rewarded with color
champions and reserve champions in black, grey, brown, fawn, and white.  We continue to strive to improve upon our
high standards within the alpaca community.

We began our fleece to fashion design company,
Magical Strands, in 2014.  With our
expert staff, we make our breeding decisions, birth out babies, and select the
best animals from our herd for their fiber.  From this magnificent fiber, we create
luscious, soft yarn, so we are able to bring to you one of the finest products
of the North-West.  The weavers then
create the designs and woven material from that fiber.   We select alpacas of every color and use
their natural tones/shades instead of dyeing for caramel, grey, chestnut,
nutmeg and black.  We do find that it is
fun to add some colored flair with vibrant blues, magenta, amber, and jade to
give garments that extraordinary pizzazz.  All aspects of our ranch are made in
America.  We strive to bring you the best
with reasonable costs/pricing.  Our staff
would take pride in creating a garment of your choosing in the future.

Art has taken on a new venture for the ranch by
making quilts using alpaca fiber as filler in the quilts, and he can also produce
matching pillowcases.  We stretched even
further and added new inventory in our boutique by designing children's alpaca
blankets, colorful ponchos, and double size blankets all made from our fiber in
the USA. 

Nancy and Art Izer would love for you to visit their
picturesque ranch in Terrebonne, Oregon, where they produce their own hay,
strive for a green planet, design alpaca clothing/quilts, and have top-line
alpacas of every color for you to choose from!  We pride ourselves on sharing our knowledge
with new alpaca owners who want to get started in the business.  As a side note, we enjoy traveling throughout
the United States showing off our alpacas’ incredible fleece at alpaca shows.