Any bison or yak owners out there?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by flyingmonkeypoop, May 14, 2008.

  1. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    Does anyone have bison or yak? I love the looks of both and would love to have them. I also love that you can breed the crossed heifers back to either parent to introduce new colors/new blood. Does anyone have experience with them and can anyone offer pros and cons?
     
  2. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2008
    Colorado
    Quote:I don' thave any experience with them but we have a neighbor down the road who raises yaks - they are so cute. Especially the spotted ones when they are babies! We just noticed another guy has a buffalo roaming his property - never even knew he had one until like 3 days ago!

    Here is a link to their website if you want more info

    http://www.highprairieyaks.com/index.htm

    They have a beautiful piece of property.
     
  3. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    I don't have either but had to say my family LOVES bison meat. I just purchased another 20 lbs. We eat it weekly. All I know is they are VERY big and need big fences.
     
  4. penelope77

    penelope77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    none here but down the road there are two large herds of bison. they are so yummy and neat to watch. my son has been begging for a pair. sure, we'll stick them in the front yard with the goats. only kidding of course.
     
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I know a lady who owns lots of bison if you want a link to her website/journal let me know and I will find it for you. She is an awesome lady! Has lots of pictures and you can learn a lot from her.
     
  6. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    Cool. I know there is a yak herd in our area and they cross yak with cattle. I was watching the news about a dog attack and saw bison in the background. It would be cool to cross bison and yak, you could call them bisak or something, they would probably be lean meat, wooly, and colorful. I have been wanting yak because they are healthy for you, you can make yarn with their hair, and milk them but others say they are agressive.
     
  7. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    I have always wanted a Yak....does that count?? [​IMG] I saw a special on Nomadic Mongolian horse herders many years ago and they were riding Yaks, and using them as pack animals.
    I have been in love with them ever since. I love their bushy tails and overall fuzziness.

    I don't think Yaks are aggressive since they are used as draft animals, Bison on the other hand have always been wild and are known to be aggressive and HUGE. I don't think I'd care to have a Bison.
     
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  8. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2008
    Colorado
    Quote:Yeah, our neighbors lead them around like dogs and take them to shows. They seem pretty tame.
     
  9. kodiakchicken

    kodiakchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have either but have known a lot of people that raise bison. They are huge, need a lot of feed and can be very aggressive. They don't respect fence boundaries either.

    That said, there is a lot of profit in them and the meat is super-healthy for you. When crossed with cattle they are often referred to a beefalo.

    I think if you were to just raise one or two you could probably pen raise them, although that is not their nature. They were migrating plains animals, after all.
     
  10. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    My sons' friend's grnadma raises them [​IMG] She's invited us out to see them and to take pics. She has babies right now too! [​IMG] But I keep forgetting all about it [​IMG] Glad you posted this! [​IMG]
     

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