Animals/Livestock

Livestock on the farm include yaks, chickens, ducks, geese, sheep, rabbits, horses and a goat. Some of these animals are raised for production purposes and some are pets.


Yaks

The farm is home to a herd of six yaks. Yaks are especially well-adapted to our interior Alaska boreal climate, preferring to wander the snowy winter pastures rather than endure the stale air of a dusty barn or shelter. These hearty animals consume a third of the forage mass that beef cattle require and in the winter months prefer to eat snow rather than drink water. Grazing pasture is rotated to improve fields that are harvested for hay and to utilize forage that is growing in areas which are impractical to harvest. The yaks are not only part of a plan for healthy lean meat production, but also an integral part of the farms land management program.


Chickens

Our chickens are Buff Orpingtons, Austrolorps and mixed breeds. They are allowed to free range in the summer and are maintained in a safe, large open structure with an accessible yard during the winter. They are currently raised for egg production at this time; however, meat birds may be offered in the future, depending on the demand.


Ducks

The ducks on the farm are Indian Runners, Buff Orpingtons and Khaki Campbells. They too are allowed to free range in the summer and are maintained in a safe, large open structure with an accessible yard during the winter. Only a limited number of ducks are over-wintered. They are currently being raised for egg production.


Geese

Four beautiful gray Toulouse geese make their home with the ducks and chickens in the winter and forage across the barnyard pasture along with the sheep in summer. Goose eggs are available in limited supply in the spring, but mostly these intelligent birds are just fun to observe, and make a great predator alarm system.

 


Horses

There are two horses living on the farm. Parker is a beautiful registered Quarter Horse who relocated from Arizona. Rainy, is a Rocky Mountain that is currently being trained by Kalei.


Rabbits

Our Flemish Giant rabbits reside in large open hutches along-side the sheep in the winter and in the summer, they have the opportunity to enjoy the long summer days helping to mow the lawn in large movable pens. Flemish Giants are an exceptionally personable breed. Very cold weather hardy, these rabbits generally grow to between 14 and 20 pounds. Kits are available for sale at various times during the spring and summer months.


Goat

Mikey the goat adds character to the barnyard. He is a curious Nubian mix who eternally hungers for the greener grass (or decorative shrubs, young fruit trees and garden produce) on the other side of the fence. Everybody loves Mikey.


Sheep

Zoe and Zephyr are the last of the sheep herd that once grazed the yak pastures. These ewes are friendly pets that enjoy interacting with guests, always hoping for small hand-out of oats or barley.

 

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