Sunday, March 20, 2011

Iowa Musk Ox

This weekend's panel in the paper: talk about hopelessly obscure with dual regional references that really don't overlap much at all ("hey... you got musk ox in my Holstein"). No worries... nobody down on the farm got it either. Does bring up the point that there's a damn good reason why you can't ever pick up a half-gallon of musk-milk down at the store though. The signature animal behavior in the defensive herd formation of the musk ox is kinda lost on your average bovine, to say nothing of an Iowan. Folks around there are much more polite than most, tending to just ignore the crazy guy out in the pasture laughing to himself while looking at the cows. 

“My cow is not pretty, but it is pretty to me. – David Lynch 

“Don't have a cow, man.” – Bart


  1. I wonder if this will bring some actual research out to UAF's Large Animal Research Station (LARS). They have quite a few Musk Ox. I just went by and looked at them today.

    I also wonder if this will tie into the push to have beef ranches to start raising Bison for their meat. Supposedly they are less invasive, and don't require any non-native grasses to be raised.

  2. Either way I think the logistics of milking a buffalo rank right down there with a musk-ox!