Another two reindeer mouths to feed at farm

By Nina Schwinghammer

A mother reindeer watches over her day old calf at the UAF Agriculture and Forestry Research Experiment station on Friday afternoon. Photo by Nina Schwinghammer/The Sun Star

Sun Star Contributor

It’s springtime. Snow is melting, leaves are growing and two new calves have been born at the UAF Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station.

Currently there are about 40 breeding females at the farm. When mating season rolls around, some females are artificially inseminated and some are allowed to do it the old fashioned way.

Calves will usually stay with their mothers for a period of four months until they’ve grown enough to care for themselves.

The Reindeer Research Program was started in 1981 to study captive reindeer herding, nutrition, and production. The herd is fed locally grown brome hay and barley, which reduces the cost of production.

After the calves are born, local school children get a chance to submit name ideas to the research program’s website. The two newborns have yet to be named.

You can toss your reindeer name into the hat at

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  1. April 6, 2010

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