— The Openherd Team

Heart & Soul Alpacas and Spinnery

ALPACAS! Our full time venture!

Russell Ratti & Karen Ball
26 Bench RoadWhitehall, MT 59759
RANCH 530 559-7223
SPINNERY 530 305-2159

About Us

About Us:

Heart & Soul Alpacas and Spinnery consists of Russell Ratti & Karen Ball. We are a family owned and operated business and Alpacas are all we do.


Russell & Susan Ratti and their daughter Michaela successfully owned and operated Affaire de Coeur Alpacas in Oakdale, California from 2002 to 2009. They were known in the industry for raising show quality Suri & Huacaya alpacas and Russell for his professional shearing and transporting business. Susan tragically passed away in 2009.

Karen Ball a former successful hunter/jumper equestrian rider was looking for a way to teach her children responsibility through animal husbandry. Alpacas were the perfect fit! In 2005 Karen and her boys purchased their first 5 females and started Treasure State Alpacas in Montana. They moved to California in 2008 and renamed their farm 4-Sight Farms. Russell and Karen met in 2009 and the rest is history. ”God Bless the Broken Road”.

In 2010 Russell and Karen combined their families and individual alpaca ranches to become Heart & Soul Alpacas and Spinnery. They also purchased a fiber mill which makes them the only real “full service” alpaca breeder out there. They raise champion, show quality Suri and Huacaya alpacas, offer professional shearing, mentorship for new breeders and run a full service fiber mill specializing in alpaca fiber. If they can’t help you in this industry they will gladly direct you to someone who can.

In 2019 Russell & Karen relocated to Silver Star Montana. They continue to improve their gray huacaya breeding program and their light suri program by breeding only the best.

Also in 2019, Denise and Geoff McGinnis purchased the Spinnery. The Spinnery is now, "Heart & Soul Spinnery at Happy Jack Ranch and is located in Grass Valley CA.