Meet the Animals
Yaks are native to the Tibetan Plateau of Central Asia and were first brought to the US and Canada in the late 1800’s. Yaks are regarded as one of the world’s most remarkable domestic animals due to their versatility. These amazing animals are an excellent source of lean meat and nutrient-rich milk, as well as high-end fiber that is warmer than wool and softer than cashmere. Yaks eat only a fraction of the forage that American cattle consume, making them less of a burden on pasture lands. Their manure doesn’t require composting, and provides excellent fertilizer for the soil.
A fully grown male can weigh up to 1300 lbs. while females can grow as large as 600 lbs. Yaks typically live about 25 years, are basically odorless, and are known for their shaggy “skirts” and cute grunting sounds.
Our herd consists of six females and one bull, as well as a male calf born in 2022. Three of our females have a more traditional “Tibetan” appearance, while the other three appear more “woolly” due to selective breeding. Our yaks are docile, friendly, and very intelligent… most even respond to their names being called! They love treats, scratches behind the ears, playing with one another and grazing in the pasture. Come out to the ranch and say “hello!
Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep
One of the oldest of the English breeds of sheep is the Southdown, originating on the South Down hills of Sussex County, England.
Babydoll Southdown sheep are small (approximately 18-24 inches), are not hard on the land, and make outstanding pets. They are excellent organic weeders! We love that Babydolls prefer to eat weeds before grass and are great for vineyards.
Our little Babydoll sheep make excellent companions for the young, elderly and disabled since they are very gentle and entertaining to watch. Some people refer to these sheep as the ‘smiling sheep.’ Babydolls have a calm, docile disposition that actually has a soothing effect on other livestock. Both ewes and rams are naturally polled, meaning they do not have horns.
These darling sheep produce wool that is a hand spinners delight. Babydoll sheep have a fleece that is in the cashmere class.
Kunekune pigs are a rare heritage breed domesticated in New Zealand.
Our friendly pigs are relatively small with a fat, rounded appearance. Kunekune pigs come in a wide range of colors ranging from speckled to solid hues of brown, black,
white tan and gold.
A main characteristic of a Kunekune pigs is a short, upturned nose which is perfectly angled for grazing but not for rooting. As part of our holistic approach to regenerative agriculture, we engage our Kunekune pigs to manage pasture grass and weeds on our farm.
We enjoy spending time with our delightful Kunekune’s while giving them daily treats and belly scratches. Our Kunekune pigs are very docile and sweet. Kunekune pigs have a name so nice, you have to say it twice.