alpaca farms in Maine

Fiber Fields Alpaca Farm
Dawn and John Brooker
885 Turner Ridge
Palermo, Maine 04354
(207) 993-6262
alpaca fleece farm

John and I were raised to believe that constant boasting about one’s accomplishments is a rather undesirable quality to maintain. To this day we tend to keep our accomplishments in check and simply view them as stepping stones toward our next goal. That being said, we also realize many cyber-visitors rely solely on our web site to learn about who we are. So, in an effort to keep our surfers happy while still holding true to our beliefs, we have incorporated this general bio page that is tucked into a corner of our site. We have incorporated our professional bios as well as our alpaca-related bios for you to review.

Dawn Koski Brooker

Raised in Lincolnville, Maine
Graduate of Bangor Community College—Degree in Dental Hygiene
Practiced for nearly 20 years as a licensed dental hygienist; including a 4 year stretch where I successfully marketed myself as one-person temporary service.
Worked 2 years at a veterinary hospital
1989 designed and built a house in Union, Maine (while single)
1990-91 met and married John
1990-93 managed our rental property (house)
1996 Started Fiber Fields Alpaca Farm (see Our Story)
1997 (February) purchased our first alpacas
2002 accepted into the AOBA apprentice judge program
2003 Became a full time farmer
2006 became AOBA Certified Judge—Halter, Fleece, Performance

Alpaca Related Bio

Seminars attended:

  • Judge Certification Clinic 2005—Became AOBA Certified Judge—Halter, Fleece, Performance
  • Fleece Refresher Course 2005 Cheryl Gehly
  • Total Immersion Fleece Clinic 2005 Cheryl Gehly and Amanda VandenBosch
  • Maine Alpaca Association Annual Seminar 2005: Genetics, Dr. Dorian Garrick
  • Advanced Alpaca Fiber Seminar, Alpaca Breeders Fiber School 2004, Maggie Krieger
  • Empire Symposium 2004
    • Genetics of Fiber Production, Dr. Dorian Garrick
    • Developing a Breeding Program, Dr. Dorian Garrick
    • Line Breeding &Cross Breeding, Dr. Dorian Garrick
    • Conformation: A Sound Foundation to Build On, Amanda VandenBosch
    • Fiber Fundamentals, Amanda VandenBosch
    • The Best of Showing, Amanda VandenBosch
    • Marketing vs. Selling, Susan Muther &Hazen Reed
    • Move your Farm to the Internet, Susan Muther &Hazen Reed
  • Empire Symposium 2003
    • Fiber Basics &Fleece Characteristics, Maggie Krieger
    • Fleece Preparation: Processing &Show, Maggie Krieger
    • Alpaca Type &Style, Mike Safley
    • Ideal Alpaca &Breed Standards, Mike Safley
    • Herd Health &Male Reproduction, Dr. Ahmed Tibary
    • Female Reproduction &Birthing, Dr. Ahmed Tibary
  • 4-day Judging Clinic 2002—Accepted as Apprentice Judge
  • GALA Conference 2004
    • Vitamin D Metablolism, Robert Van Saun, DVM
    • Reading Feed Tags, Robert Van Saun, DVM
    • Nutrition for Life’s Stages, Robert Van Saun, DVM
    • Uterine Infections, Robert Van Saun, DVM
    • Anatomy, Conformation and Judging, Eric Hoffman
    • Lama Behavior, Eric Hoffman
  • Conformation Seminar, Anthony Stachowski DVM
  • Fiber Analysis Seminar, Cameron Holt
  • Succeeding in the Show Ring Seminar Marty Magee Bennett
  • Neonatal Clinic, LaRue Johnson DVM
  • Nutrition Seminar, LaRue Johnson DVM,
  • Nutrition Seminar, Norman Evans DVM (several sessions over the years)
  • Mallon training Clinic
  • Marketing Alpacas Jerry Forestner
  • Alpaca Criation: Getting a Healthy Start, by Gail Campbell DVM,
  • Alpaca Nutrition by Barbara Perkins, DVM
  • Fiber Seminar/Clinic, Mary Reed
Seminars given:
  • “Showmanship for Alpaca Breeders”—At Fiber Fields Alpaca Farm 2006 (4.5 hr seminar)
  • Guest Speaker—New England Coastal Classic Alpaca Show 2004, 2003 “Alpacas 101”
  • Guest Speaker—Greater Appalachian Llama/Alpaca Association (GALA) 2004 “Preparing a Fleece for Show”
  • Guest Speaker—Maine Fiber Frolic, 2004 “Choosing the Right Alpaca”
  • Guest Demo—Maine Fiber Frolic, 2004/2005 Shearing Demo (together with John)
  • Guest Speaker—New England Alpaca Fest 2003, “How to Show your Alpaca”
  • Guest Speaker—Maine Fiber Frolic 2002, 2003 “Alpacas 101”
  • “Alpacas 101” during Open Farm Days (1-2hr class) 1998-2003, 2005
Active volunteer in Camelid Community

  • Founding President Maine Alpaca Association 2004
    • Instrumental in initiating the educational aspects of the MAA
    • Instrumental in establishing the Continuing Education Fund for Maine Camelid Vets
  • Maine Alpaca Association Education Committee 2005-
  • Maine Alpaca Association & Maine Llama Association Vet Education Committee 2005-2006
  • Publicity Chair Maine Fiber Frolic 2003/2004
    • Publicity Chair Mentor Fiber Frolic 2005
    • Sponsor Maine Fiber Frolic 2005, 2006
  • Past Secretary New England Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (NEAOBA)
  • Past NEAOBA NEWS Editor
  • Sponsor of NECC 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Ring Steward and/or Color Checker:
    • Mapaca Jubilee 2003, 2004
    • North American Alpaca Show 2003, 2004
    • The Big E 2003, 2004
    • New England Coastal Classic 2003, 2004, 2005

John Brooker

Raised in Millinocket, Maine
H.E. Sergent Inc, Certified Welder
Great Northern Paper Company
Graduate Kennebec Valley Technical College—master electrician program
15 years at Dragon Products industrial electrical/mechanical maintenance, production supervisor
1989 Designed and built a house in Union, Maine (while single)
1990-91 met and married Dawn
1990-93 managed our rental property (house)
1996 Started Fiber Fields Alpaca Farm
1997 (February) purchased our first alpacas
2000-01 Broad Bay Electric Inc. commercial/residential electrician
2001-03 Revamped the new location of Fiber Fields Alpaca Farm (see Our Story)
2003-present Brooker Electrical Services, self employed master electrician

Alpaca Related Bio

  • 1998 Refined shearing skills and began shearing for others and offering support for others seeking to learn this skill
  • Prepared for and ran FFAF Open Farm Days annually since 1998
  • 2004 GALA Conference
  • Guest Shearing Demo—Maine Fiber Frolic 2004/2005 (together with Dawn)
  • Neonatal Clinic, LaRue Johnson DVM
  • Nutrition Seminar, LaRue Johnson DVM,
  • Mallon training Clinic

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