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Kostroma Moose Farm (wikipedia.org)
30 points by soperj on Aug 19, 2019 | hide | past | favorite | 11 comments

It seems domesticating animals was popular in the USSR. They tried with foxes, too (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesticated_red_fox)

Also, the link in the footnote on ”Rare photos from that period, one of a moose being ridden and one of a moose pulling a sledge, were included in the 1969 paper "Behavioural changes in elk in the process of its domestication"[2]” works.

IMO, that page (http://www.moose-farm.ru/e010.htm) is more interesting than the Wikipedia article. Among others, it gave me https://youtube.com/watch?v=nOOfGQyE2hQ

hahaha. That is amazing. Moose in the bed would scare the hell out of me though.

"In particular, one is advised not to try to start a moose farm for meat production: the meat output will not cover the costs of production (which could be ten times as high as those of beef production), and, besides, free-range moose are not stupid, and they will not be coming back to the farm where their kin are being slaughtered. A couple of operators in Yaroslavl and Nizhny Novgorod Oblasts went out of business trying to do this."

Deer farming (mostly red deer) has been very successful in New Zealand. Would moose farming be that much different?

Moose is not a herd animal - it's significantly easier to farm heard animals like red deer. Nor do they require as big a range or as varied a diet as moose.

A moose is two to three times the mass of a red deer, or more. I’m not sure you can assume they’re similar.

This particular quote stood out at me too, and I was going to quote it as well.

I visited a moose farm in Sweden https://www.moosegarden.com Highly recommended! The moose are brought up there from young calves with humans around them, so they are very friendly, as you can see from the videos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/moosegardensweden/videos/

Some things I learnt there:

- Moose cheese is among the most expensive in the world

- Moose poop during winter time can and is made into paper

- Moose skin during summer time produces oil that smells like fabric softener. I purchased several soap bars made from this.

- Moose need a lot of space and a varied diet, so keeping them in captivity is not easy.

I'd be curious about this farm's safety record. Wild moose are unpredictable and powerful. One thing that can trigger moose attacks is if one group of people feeds a moose and then another group denies it food. What happens if somebody is late with the steamed oats?

Kostroma Mon amour

lol why is my home town on hackernews

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