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Down On The Farm!

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The reindeer is a medium sized member of the Cervodae (deer) family. Reindeer came to North America in the early 1900’s from Siberia and Norway. Recently, they have been raised on farms in Canada and the United States.

Some of the benefits of raising reindeer include the following:They can be raised on the same farm as other deer and livestock. Reindeer are low maintenance, easy handling and relatively disease free animals. They do well in areas that have cold winters and marginal land. Costs for handling facilities and equipment are often lower. But a really unique part of raising reindeer is the demand for them in commercials, parades and other promotional events. They can be trained to pull sleighs and can be ridden. Reindeer can also generate products such as meat, milk, robes, hides and the antlers they shed.

Most important, Reindeer are associated with Santa Claus! Santa’s sleigh is pulled by flying reindeer! These were first named in the 1823 poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, where they are called Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzem!

Read on and learn more about Reindeer today's Down On The Farm!

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