Calving season is in full swing here at the ranch. We have nine on the ground so far and many more due in the next two or three months. Here’s some pictures of our new moms and babies.
Wow! It’s been a year. Yak-keeping keeps me too busy sometimes to keep up with my “yakking” here on the blog. It has been a pretty uneventful year here at Alaska Yaks. The regular ups and downs. Haying season came and went with a good return. We bought a large amount of hay from Scott Plagerman Farms at Delta Junction. Winter is nearing its end (well, officially it IS spring) and we have lots and lots of snow, like most places in Alaska this year!
We started something new last summer that needs updating.
We donated our first yak calf to a worthy 4H’er in August 2011. Laurel lives on the Kenai Peninsula and sent an email to IYAK asking about yaks and they put us in touch with us. We decided after corresponding with her a bit that we would make the offer of the yak calf for her 4-H project. Her only requirements were an essay detailing why she wanted a yak and how she would care for it and her plans for 4H. If she was chosen to receive the yak then she’d be required to send us semi monthly updates on how the yak was doing and what she was doing with her. She fulfilled the essay part with flying colors and we made arrangements to drive the yak (Yolanda) to Palmer to meet Laurel and her family. What a wonderful experience for us to help a young 4H’er get started with large livestock and especially with something as great as yaks.
We’ll be chronicling Laurels achievements with Yolanda and 4H so stay tuned.
…now back to this year’s calvings….
….we are up to seven with our newest one born last night to Weasel. A pretty little heifer calf, all black with a gray nose! Pictures to follow.
Welcome to our newest yak baby!
This little guy was born this afternoon and is now safely fed and bedded down in, of all places, my kitchen!
Our Yak cow Gotty, gave birth this afternoon to a whopping big bull calf. He’s eating well and doing great!
Since we’ve had several folks put in orders for calves this year, this little guy will be bottle raised in preparation for his new home. If he’s anything like his two older brothers he’s going to be one friendly little guy and BIG!
Congratulations to his new owners!
Circle F Ranch welcomes Briony! Our newest yak calf, born on March 27th to one of our yak heifers, Jenny M.
Jenny’s a first time mom and as is sometimes the case, she wasn’t quite prepared for motherhood. I ended up having to spirit her newborn away as Jenny just didn’t really know what was required of her (other than standing there and admiring her new calf) and the temperature was a chilly twenty degrees Fahrenheit.
It took a couple of days to get this little gal on her feet and by then, since mom hadn’t cleaned her off at all and there was no bonding, she was destined to be bottle raised. So at this point she know ME as her mom and she’ll be up for sale as a “bottle baby.”
Here is a short yak reading list for kids (some with wonderful illustrations):
There’s a Yak in my Bed; By K. Pluta
One Yak Called Jack; Darcia LaBrosse
Kami and the Yaks; Andrea Stenn Stryer
Bob and Jack: A Boy and His Yak; Jeff Moss
Yakety Yak Yak Yak (Sweet Pickles Series); Richard Hefter
The following I have not read but they ARE about yaks…..
Yo and the Yak; Micheline Chevallier
See the Yak Yak (Step-Into-Reading, Step 1); Charles Ghigna
I Am a Yak: All You Wanted to Know About Tibet’s Most Beloved Animal (Paljor Publications’ children series); Norbu C. Kharitsang
Go Track A Yak!; Tony Johnston and Tim Raglin
The Lucky Yak; Annetta Lawson
Yasmin Meets a Yak; Olive L. Groom
There’s more out there that I haven’t listed here….enjoy the search!