I Am A Musk Ox Farmer | INDIE ALASKA

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Musk Ox Farm Director Mark Austin is responsible for the largest (and possibly only), modern domestication experiment. For a number of years, he has been raising musk ox in Alaska's Mat-Su Valley.

Austin first came to Alaska in college and quickly fell in love with the opportunities and lifestyle provided by living on, what he calls, "the fringe of society."

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John Norris
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I need this ox in my life. I want one to take me on an Alaskan adventure pulling me on a sled.

Author — Samwarrow

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You could always drive out to Palmer and take a tour. It looks like you're in Alaska so it doesn't seem like a stretch to get the full hour long tour and have them answer your questions.

Author — Jamie Lang

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Your doing a great job. The animals look so healthy. UK Veteran

Author — zulu7441

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Musk Ox are so adorable, especially the babies.

Author — yayoineko

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Absolutely loved this video. Mark did an amazing job of capturing what it's all about. If I didn't already work there I think I might have to go on a tour!

Author — Shannon Reale

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July 20, 2019, Friday. I have seen the development of the raising of the musk ox in another countries like Siberia, USA, Canad, etc. where the herds of the musk ox is seen growing today. The American Musk Ox is more prone to be domesticaded, not the European one which is more prone to the fight.

Author — ANDADOLAGER

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They look like Rams or goats on steroids.

Author — Benjamin Williams

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is it possible to buy a musk ox skull ?

Author — Diebold von schmid

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I think this is a great idea. Think of the fresh meat and fur interior Alaskans could enjoy - yarns, yes - supply will NEVER meet demand.

Author — April Moore

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There are arguments saying the farm animals we use today weren't domesticated. If you look at the animals they came from it would be impossible for primitive farmers spending countless generations to change the animals to tame. They probably were genetically altered quickly

Author — safffff1000

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He could have also tried domesticating bison; with all of the demand for bison leather and meat products arising, not to mention the market arising all over the U.S, it probably would have made more sense from an economic standpoint.

Author — If it Quacks Like a Duck...

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Alaska needs a world class infrastructure - a state freeway connecting all of Alaska, bullet train/freight train, more airports etc.

Author — agent

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I'd like to ask this gentleman if breeding records of these critters have been properly maintained since the project began in the 1950's and if the animals you see here ARE selectively bred descendants of the original stock. It doesn't look like there was a single geneticist or zoologist on staff or they would have been introduced; it seems to be just this dude, his missus and a handful of undergrads from the university keeping the place going. I don't see any visible evidence of any science being done.

Author — pinz2022

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I wonder how many illegals did he see/count in New Mexico? haha -haha

Author — agent

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Lame. For such an interesting topic, this video shows nothing about what it means to "domesticate" a species. He gives no background for how/why he was able to join and be the ED of a Musk Ox farm. Who is this guy? Also, no information is given about what value there is to domesticating musk ox. The quiviut fiber is awesome, but there's nothing about the harvesting of it. I like this Indie Alaska series, but this one was not worth the time or money.

Author — Jeff White