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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Introduction to Moose Farming

Moose farming is a relatively unheard-of concept in most parts of the world. I always assumed their could not be domesticated, and I did not realize the potential these animals have!

In 1949 the first moose farm in Russia (Pechora moose farm) was established. Their job was to raise moose for milk, meat and draft animals. They kept very few animals and they were largely unsuccessful as it is rather difficult to profit from moose if you are raising them for slaughter. However the successes and failures of this farm did provide the knowledge needed to start another, much larger, farm in Russia. The Kostroma Moose farm was started in 1963. They started with just 2 animals and grew to around 20 animals through the 70's. (Mineav, A., 2011)
Appolinariya Vitakova (a hard working employee and scientific researcher at the Kostroma moose farm), and her favorite Milk-Moose, Lucy. Lucy, lived to be 20 years old and gave 6 liters of milk a day.


Moose cannot be grazed in a controlled environment, as a herd of moose would completely exhaust pastures. They require an immensely varied diet that can only be achieved by free range grazing. Moose cannot be controlled or trained to stay within a certain area, and any mechanisms that have been invented or tested have ultimately been very cruel and harmful to the moose. As a result the moose on the Kostroma farm are allowed to come and go as they please. (Mineav, A., 2011)

A milk moose in her natural habitat.


Many other moose farms exist. Their purposes range from tourism to research. Moose farms either have or currently do produce milk, meat and cheese. (Mineav, A. 2011)


References

Mineav, A. (2011) Why are moose domestic animals? Retrieved from http://www.moosefarm.newmail.ru/e010.htm

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