About us

Bag End is a small, family run farm specializing in high quality, predominantly dark colored suri alpacas. We began our alpaca journey in 2005, when Jill was offered a job by a local breeder. It was love at first sight, and after two years of training and showing other people’s animals, she was ready to purchase her own.

The family moved to a small farm in rural Maine in the summer of 2007, and in 2012 moved twenty minutes down the road to a large, “forever farm” purchased through the Maine Farmland Trust, which protects and preserves farmland throughout Maine. Jill runs the farm full time, caring for the suri alpacas, Nigerian dwarf dairy goats, BLM burros, heritage pigs and poultry that call Bag End home. Jill was also elected to the Suri Network board of directors in 2014, and currently serves as President. When she’s not busy with the farm, she can often be found bird-watching or gardening with native plants. Bruce is chair of the computer science department at nearby Colby College and spends his free time training for marathons and playing violin in the college orchestra. Son Fox is a freshman at college in New York at Hamilton Collage. He’s of great help around the farm and at alpaca shows when he’s home.

Then

Now

We began with two bred females and two gelded males; we have since grown to over fifty suri alpacas. Bag End strives to produce superior quality fiber on strongly conformed animals. We show our animals regularly, as well as perform quantitative testing on many in the form of yearly histograms and biopsies when possible. We also sell or process all blanket fiber, every year, and are strongly committed to the emerging North American alpaca fiber market.

We know that we are a relatively small farm, and we intend to stay that way. 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 (whether we own it or not), 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. We can offer some of the finest bloodlines available in suri alpacas; we have made a special effort to bring premier West Coast genetics here to the North East. We have animals for sale suitable for both new and established breeders.

Some of Bag End's girls

Not interested in alpaca ownership, but rather in their luxurious end products? We can show you 100% suri yarns made from our own animals’ fiber, as well as a selection of suri and huacaya yarns from other producers. Handspun yarns, rovings and carded batts are also typically available. We also carry clothing and other products from the Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America, Red Maple Sportswear of Kittery, Maine and other vendors.   We carry local arts and crafts, too.

Maine Open Farm Day, 2009

We invite you to browse our website for more on our farm and our animals, and we hope to see you in person soon.

Naturally Suri


Sunshine, vitamin D and alpacas

January 24, 2016
by: jilladmin • Alpacas, Herd health

National Show Results

March 18, 2014
by: jilladmin • Alpacas, Black, Brown, Fawn

Suri roving available for sale

February 26, 2012
by: jilladmin • Alpacas, Beige, Black, Fawn, White

MAPACA results

April 9, 2011
by: jilladmin • Accoyo Bloodlines, Alpacas, Brown, Full Peruvian, Males, White

Bluebird boxes

February 22, 2016
by: jilladmin • Uncategorized

How can you resist this face?

February 21, 2016
by: jilladmin • Uncategorized

Today’s egg-y goodness

February 1, 2016
by: jilladmin • Uncategorized

Goats!

January 31, 2016
by: jilladmin • Uncategorized

Bluebird boxes

February 22, 2016
by: jilladmin • Uncategorized

How can you resist this face?

February 21, 2016
by: jilladmin • Uncategorized

Today’s egg-y goodness

February 1, 2016
by: jilladmin • Uncategorized

Goats!

January 31, 2016
by: jilladmin • Uncategorized