LOCATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL MOHAWK VALLEY
EAST OF SPRINGFIELD, OREGON
Currently Seeking Additional Reindeer Wranglers for the 2016 Season (November & December). Think you have what it takes to join our team? Contact Cindy at email@example.com to discuss in detail.
Must have following qualifications to be considered:
Great Work Ethic - Honest - Kind to Animals - Patience - Good Physical Condition - Pristine Driving Record - Skill Driving in All Types of Weather - Outstanding Customer Service Skills - Over 21 years of age - Non-Smoker/No Drugs/No Drinking while working
We have openings for lease caretakers, display handlers, drivers, set up / break down. Individual or teams. **If you have a truck/stock or horse trailer, that's a bonus! ** No equipment can be used if it has been used previously for sheep or goats due to deadly cross-contamination to reindeer.
our reindeer are available for:
Contact us to book early; as you can imagine the reindeer are very popular during the holiday season! It is never too early to reserve your date.
(541) 933-1832 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A bit about reindeer:
Things to know before visiting the farm:
Reindeer shown above part of a Mongolian herd, 2003.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Do reindeer really exist?
A. Of course they do!! Really! In fact, reindeer and caribou are the only living species of hoofed animal which exists around the whole northern hemisphere above 60 degree of latitude.
Q. How long have reindeer been around?
A. Rock-carvings indicate that stone-age hunters caught and tamed reindeer to use as decoy animals (for hunting) as early as 5,000 years ago.
Q. Where else can I find reindeer?
A. Reindeer live in the lower 48 states, throughout Canada and are still a viable, working animal in countries surrounding the top of the world where tundra exists, for example: Scandinavian countries, Mongolia, Russia, and Alaska, where some groups of people depend on reindeer to survive.
Q. Are Reindeer really Caribou?
A. No, they are not! Reindeer have the scientific name of Rangifer Tarandus Tarandus and Caribou have the scientific name of Rangifer Tarandus Grantii. Caribou are wild in nature and could not tolerate captivity. Reindeer are quite comfortable around people and in being contained in small areas, such as a display pen. Caribou also have longer legs, longer faces and breed and give birth at a slightly different time than Reindeer. They have many similarities, but they are separate species like dogs and wolves are similar but are different species. For more information on how reindeer are different from caribou you can read more at: http://arran2.blogspot.com/2007/06/reindeer-or-caribou.html .
Reindeer have many, many differences from caribou even though they look similar. But put them side by side and you would see the difference. Spend time with both and you will really see they are completely different animals.
Ever wonder what a reindeer looks like from the inside out? Below is a thermal image courtesy of the FLIR Company, leaders in thermal imaging equipment and technology located in Portland, OR.
In this image, Prancer (in front) still has pretty much all his velvet still on his antlers (this was taken in early October), as did Blitzen behind him. You can see the heat generated as the blood draws down to the base of their antlers. See how hot their legs show up also? This is because reindeer can take the heat in their legs and move it up to their body as needed. Their bodies are not generating as much heat as their legs as their winter hair is coming in and giving them a thermal "wrap".
Jingle Bell - 5 yrs old female - Summer 2005
Award winner - Largest antlers on a Female Reindeer
Meet Joy, our new calf! Born 4-18-2016, she is 1 hour old in the photo on the left. She is 1 month old in the photo on the right. Dasher is the best reindeer Mom. And although Joy is very dark in color now, within just a few weeks, she'll be a completely different color. Watch Joy grow up by following her journey on our Facebook page.
calendar of display locations and
basic RATES for daily displays
if your town hasn't included reindeer in their winter event planning, tell them about us!
scheduling for another fun display year in 2016 - call now
If the date you want to book is marked "booked" on our calendar below, or the date you would is all booked up, contact us anyway. We may, if possible, adjust our schedule or open new dates to accommodate your needs. We'll do what we can to fill your request if it is at all possible. There are only so many days available though, so booking early is critical for daily rental availability. Booking begins early each year (we're talking before our current season ends-current clients rebook) so if you have a date in mind for your event, we can't stress enough to book early in the year. Plan early if you would like to set up a lease arrangement, where the reindeer stay on your site for 10 days in a row or longer. USDA licensing, shelter, fencing and caretaking issues all take time to figure out.
Our reindeer only travel within Oregon. Basic daily rental display, lease pricing and general details for renting or leasing reindeer are listed below this calendar. There may be additional charges depending on your unique set up.
Our Current Line-up
Top Row (L to R): Dasher, Frosty, Prancer, Rudolph, Cocoa, Cupid
Bottom Row (L to R): Cookie, Glitter, Elf, Ginger, Dancer, Crystal, Noelle, Joy
2016 Holiday season calendar - November & December
Don't delay - Contact us now to reserve your date for the 2016 holiday season!
Short Term Displays -
Minimum lease -10 days. Each lease is priced separately, so please contact us with your plans and we'll quote. Client provides approved pen and shelter setup. We also lease for longer time frames than 10 days - contact us for a specific price quote based on your requirements. USDA license must be obtained or currently held and in good standing by facility where reindeer will be on display during full lease time frame (we can assist with info on obtaining a USDA license) or you must provide one person we can train to oversee reindeer care while they are on site for the length of the lease so they will be covered under our license. Facility for reindeer housing & display can not have been used for sheep or goats anytime prior to reindeer being on the same area. 6 foot fencing/pen with sturdy shelter must be provided, as well as assigning at least one person in charge of care & feeding that we can train on care & reindeer facts to share with your viewing audience. Fencing material must not allow small animals to enter the pen. We require a person stay in a trailer or camper at the pen site overnight at all times that the reindeer are on lease. We can provide this person if requested, at an additional charge of $300 per day. We deliver, pick up, provide feed and food/water containers, decorated halters, bells, lead ropes. Veterinary care must be locally available and Vet notified of reindeer in the area during lease time.
DUE TO INSURANCE RESTRICTIONS, CALF PETTING IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. STAY TUNED FOR OTHER OPTIONS.
Sleigh available for rent during reindeer displays - $500 per day Great for photos!
**Field Trips - field trip scheduling during November & December works around our display schedule. Please email or call to check with us first to see what works best for our schedule. We do not schedule field trips for any day we have an off-farm display.
Family Trips -
Antlers for SALE!!
A nicely weathered antler set from 2012/2013 season off a reindeer cow named Twinkles. Right side is 43" tall x 21.5" wide and has 15 tines. Left side is 36" tall x 20.5" wide and has 9 tines. Total of 24 tines. Price $240.00 + shipping.
This antler set comes from a reindeer steer named Comet. Right side is 43" tall x 26" wide and has 11 tines. Left side is 45.5" tall x 26.5" wide and has 18 tines. Total of 29 tines. Price is $290.00 + shipping.
This set of antlers is from the one and only Rudolph. He's the first in line when the sleigh lands and sometimes he bumps in to chimneys, so his antlers can get a bit rough some years by the time they fall off. This set has 2 tines that are broken so you can see how the antler is constructed inside. Right side is 42" tall x 25" wide and has 7 tines. Left side is 35" tall x 21" wide and has 8 tines. Broken tines are not counted in pricing. Total of 15 tines. Price is $150.00 + shipping.
*Antler dimensions are approximate due to formations and layouts.
We have other antler sets available. If those above are not what you are looking for, please email us with your request.
New! Ornaments Featuring our Reindeer!
3 styles/colors - Blue, Red or Green - 2 photo choices - Green or Snow
Autographed hoof print and photo
Each photo is an original hoof print (imprinted from your requested reindeer - we ask them nicely:) and includes a photo and message from your choice of reindeer. Handmade and customized per each request, limited quantities. We suggest ordering early in the year to avoid disappointment as Christmas approaches and we run out of time to assemble.
Includes a photo of your reindeer of choice (Rudolph, Frosty, Dasher, Dancer, Glitter, Cookie, Ginger, Elf, Prancer, Crystal, Cocoa, Noelle).
$45.00 (framed) plus shipping***
***12/19/16 last date for ordering for Christmas delivery using rush shipping.
Each framed hoof print/photo is custom, and may vary in design from those shown below.
Reads "Believe in the Magic of Reindeer" and is "signed" by reindeer of choice