Alpaca Country Estates
Alpaca Country Estates 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 judge's choice awards in grey, white and fawn, as well as color champions and reserve champions in every color! We continue to strive to improve upon our high standards within the alpaca community.
The decision of what to do with the many thousands of pounds of alpaca fiber resulted in creating a "fiber business" in addition to breeding top notch alpacas. When Nancy met an accomplished weaver and designer, it made perfect sense to combine the luxurious fleece of our 1,000+ alpacas with her creativity and experience, to turn "straw into gold," or in this case, fleece into Magical Strands.
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. We offer a wide variety of luscious ponchos, coats, jackets, shawls, and scarves sold under the Magical Strands label. In 2017, Magical Strands also added knitted wear to their line; including blankets, ponchos, and scarves.
Art’s varied background of many facets, plus his experience working with cattle and horses, has brought a new breath of fresh air to their ranch. Art began another facet for Magical Strands by making quilts and using alpaca fiber to fill the quilts for warmth and durability, while adding a high value to the unique quilts. His lovely one-of-a-kind quilts, ranging from baby size quilts to king size bed quilts, are sold in the boutique and on-line.
All of our products are made in the U.S.A., and sold on their new ranch website, as well as at their local ranch boutique located in Terrebonne, Oregon, and other upscale shops. 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.
Giving Back To Our Community
As a former educator, I realize the importance of nurturing our next generation of leaders. Our ranch has donated alpacas to local 4-H clubs and youth organizations, to support their goals of developing citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs.
We continue to support the importance of camelid education in veterinary medicine by donating alpaca to veterinarian colleges to be used for their teaching activities.
Alpaca Country Estates, LLC is proud to be a member of the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOA), Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies (ABR), Alpaca Registry Inc. (ARI), the California Alpaca Breeders Association (Calpaca), the Carolina Alpaca Breeders and Owners Association (CABO), the TXOLAN Alpaca Association, and OpenHerd.