Reindeer/ Caribou

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by moonwolf, Dec 25, 2004.

  1. moonwolf

    moonwolf Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2004
    I didn't know if posting this question is more appropriate on the equine, sheep, or catttle, or goat forums so I'll post here. I guess being the season also is appropriate to bring up the subject of raising or keeping Reindeer.

    I saw a piece on the CBC news of a Reindeer rancher in Sasketchewan that is going to Mongolia with semen samples to improve the genetics of the diminishing herds of Caribou over there. I always enjoy seeing films or pictures of caribou and have petted them live.
    The fellow in Saskatchewan was showing one of his 'pet' Reindeer that was well trained to pull a sleigh and walk around with a halter up and down steps on his house deck and so forth. He was quite attached to raising these animals and I coudl see why.

    Anybody here, especially from the Northland or Colder countries that raise reindeer for meat or other purposes?

    Here's a thought. Can you imagine a christmas tree farm and having Reindeer sleigh rides in the snow and gathering the tree, or ride on forested trails?
    I's cold and I'm dreaming....guess the snowshoing will do for now. :D
  2. Ken in Maine

    Ken in Maine Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2002
    Saint Albans, Maine
    My wife and I looked into Reindeer several years ago but the State of Maine has an import embargo on them because of CWD .. chronic wasting disease. There are a number of breeders in the United States and they do very well bringing them for displays at Christmas time. A bull and two cows sells for about $10,000.00 from what I remember. Search Google for the Reindeer Owners and Breeders Association.. there are several website that have some really good pictures and ideas.

    There are also some Christmas tree farms that raise reindeer just as you suggested.

  3. caroline00

    caroline00 Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    there is a reindeer farm near us...
    in the MO Ozarks :)
  4. Freeholder

    Freeholder Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2004
    Last I checked into it, the only people allowed to raise reindeer in Alaska were Native -- Inuit/Inupik, mostly. The first roommate I had at college was the daughter of a reindeer herder.

  5. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

    May 11, 2002
    Now in Virginia
    I looked into Reindeer a couple of years ago...
    This is what I found out...
    Last year a gelded male was running about $3,500 as a bottle baby.
    Yes,, rasied as a bottle baby they can be friendly and enjoy being brushed.
    They will not jump fencing, so I was told.
    Worming and vaccines, though needed can be hard to figure out how much and what to give.
    They need feed different than other animals. U of Alaska was working on that in the past,, have not checked up to see what they have found out.

    Depending on your state, you might need a licence to have one.

    Here is one of the breeders I have talked to in the past.

    And for more info...

    Here is the Reindeer association
  6. EricG

    EricG Well-Known Member

    Dec 23, 2002
    Mat-Su valley Alaska
  7. kathy H

    kathy H kathyh

    Dec 9, 2002
    There is a raindeer farm in Oregon > They have about fifty head. They use them in parades and movies.