I’ve been spinning for a few years now, and sourcing local fiber processed at a local mill wasn’t an issue until we moved back to Colorado.
Lots of sheep and alpacas, but no mills.
I’ve been buying my fiber from Taylored Fibers in Washington- a small mill near my home town. I call Barry with a dollar amount and some general criteria and in a few days I get a box in the mail.
Last year I helped someone skirt alpaca fleeces and she gave me about 15 lbs of second cuts and/or lower than her preferred quality.
I just got back that fiber. I sent 15 lbs which netted about 10 lbs of finished roving, but Barry no longer does 100% alpaca so I gave him creative license to come blend my alpaca in with whatever he chose.
I got 25 lbs or so back of wonderful roving- in a variety of colors and blends.
In the picture, the new roving is the lower part. The upper part is the roving I already had (about 9 lbs of it)!