Tuesday, January 20, 2009

YAK TRACKS: Yakking About Yak Hides

In our never-ending quest to use all of all of our animals once we "retire" them, we are drying, salting and then tanning yak hides in a two-step process here on the farm, and in conjunction with Keystone Fur Dressing in Pennsylvania.

Yak hides make wonderful rugs, wall hangings, or blankets.

Anyone interested in pricing and availability for yak hides, please contact us.

Monday, January 12, 2009

YAK TRACKS: Is that yak smiling?

Meet "Kunga" (my favorite yak, one of our two woolies) and her 6-week-old calf "Snowflake."

Some new friends dropped by the farm last week, and snapped this shot.

Take a good look - is little Snowflake smiling?

Let's get closer...

Oh yes.

It is good to be a yak in Vermont.

Monday, January 5, 2009

YAK TRACKS: Happy New Year, R.I.P. Bebe, and Winter Yaks

Greetings, friends of Vermont Yak Company, and happy new year.

We hope your holidays proved as yak-tacular as ours!

We did start new year's on a sad note.

Our much-beloved little yak - Bebe, a yearling plus who came to us from Minnesota - passed away from complications due to pneumonia some time over the hours of New Year's Eve night. We discovered her situation, acted on it as quickly as we can, and, as we monitored her health - moving her into the barn, surrounding her with warm hay bales and a blanket, and taking other steps - she seemed to be doing better the night of the big 'eve.

But we discovered her the next morning - and her yak spirit had departed.

Thanks to our neighbor, vicar Lisa Ransom for the pre-burial prayer. Bebe, we will miss you!

The rest of the yaks seems healthy and are thriving - they love the snow, the wind, and the cold much better than many humans do.

Here's a good look at the four-leggeds.