Post by bordercolliepatriot on Nov 4, 2014 20:30:27 GMT -5
Bump, I'm curious as well.
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There's a pdf that came up in my google search, 'musk ox in Wisconsin', regarding MILKING musk ox...... I can't figure out how to open pdfs on my phone. Somebody should check this out. And then fill me in.
There's a pdf that came up in my google search, 'musk ox in Wisconsin', regarding MILKING musk ox...... I can't figure out how to open pdfs on my phone.It is the fall 2014 newsletter about the Palmer, AL farm by a nonprofit organization called "friends of the musk ox." It has 8 pages; 6 are content. First is a page with how beautiful fall is in Alaska is. It also has info about the organization (it is dedicated to the musk ox, quveut and income opportunities for Alaskan Natives). Next is a page about an internship on the Palmer Alaska farm that five or six students do. It has a farm report page with nice graphics: 7 baby musk oxen, 82 healthy adults, 281 pounds of quveut, 5 interns, 2,170 bales of hay, 15,600 visitors. And a blip about a raffle for a quveut blanket and other quveut products ($10 each ticket, proceeds to buy feed).The next page has more details about what happened on the farm. And the milking. The most common question people asked about the decision to milk was "why?" - staff answer was "why not?". The process was similar to milking a goat. Some ox liked/tolerated it better than others. They got four cups They fed some in a bottle to recently weaned calves, froze some to feed calves in emergencies, and made fudge with some.The rest of the newletter introduces the summer interns - three were from wi. What they liked, future plans, etc. Then a page with a paragraph "written" by one of the musk ox, and a paragraph thanking the farm's biggest donor (and mentioning funding is one of the biggest challenges of the farm). Forms for the raffle, a kid's section (find a word), contact info.
Last Edit: Nov 5, 2014 17:18:44 GMT -5 by saysfaa: Cleaned up some of the punctuation and copy/paste mistakes. Has the same info. Still can't figure out how to add paragraphs so they stick here.
I like them too. My introduction to them as livestock was a book about a small private herd in northern New England - one of those *diary of our experiences learning about farming* types. I don't remember much except they are not domesticated (their stories were funny but made the point quite well) and that the climate was too hot for them. I searched for it, but the search engines did their annoying thing where they funnel you to repeats of the same information for pages on end.
I recently researched qiveut in a search for fiber for specific applications. Alpaca has similar qualities to qiveut - maybe only 5 to 7 times warmer than wool instead of 8, and typical denier count overlaps (varies more in alpaca). But the variation means you can get individuals who consistently product the finer end of the alpaca range and so are close to qiveut. Other qualities are also similar. It makes sense because Alpaca are native to a climate similar to the high artic.
I didn't notice any useful info on musk ox meat.
This might be a place to start asking; liv.mt.gov/ah/import/muskox.mcpx if you are serious about it. Even if it is a "just in case someone wants to bring musk oxen into the state" instead of "people have", the registered alternative livestock people are more likely than most to have connections/leads to anyone who is doing it in the states.
Last Edit: Nov 5, 2014 5:19:31 GMT -5 by saysfaa: typo
I just noticed this post. It's illegal for us to keep musk ox. They are wild animals. I think the farm is a non-profit or part of the university. I have spun the wool-qiviut (save that word for Scrabble). I think it costs hundreds of dollars a pound. I saw some qiviut socks for $500. You can go visit them if you come to Alaska at the musk ox farm in Palmer. Marsha
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