Upstream Alpacas was founded in 1998 by Christine Riley and Alan McConkie in Gaston, OR. Starting with an initial herd of 6 alpacas, it has grown to its present size with a herd of about 30. Initially, both Alan and Christine were employed full time in the high tech sector. As the herd and the business grew, it became clear that it required more time and attention. Alan now manages the farm full time, and Christine handles the yarn, clothing and alpaca goods part of the business, as well as assisting with the animals.