ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the Taimyr village of Volochanka, at the Tucker Camp, they received the first giviut – musk ox down. According to Denis Terebihin, the initiator of the first Russian farm for breeding and domestication of musk oxen creation, representatives of companies from St. Petersburg, Switzerland and Kazakhstan are already interested.
“At the Arctic Camp Tucker farm, which was opened with the help of the Krasnoyarsk region government, the musk oxen brought from Yamal gave the first giviut. There is little of it, because they are still calves. It so happened that there is a great demand for it, it was expected in advance, companies engaged in yarn from St. Petersburg, Switzerland, Kazakhstan booked it. Priority was given to those with whom we established contacts first – domestic producers”, Terebihin is quoted by TASS.
According to him, the first year of the musk oxen’s stay in Taimyr turned out to be difficult due to the harsh climatic conditions of the Arctic. Fodder was shipped from the south of the Krasnoyarsk region, and this summer, the world’s northernmost hayfields appeared on the farm.
“We hope the second year will be easier, although a severe winter is forecasted. The camp has accumulated a unique experience, the only one in Russia, we are still looking for large investors who want to start musk breeding, so that this direction will turn from a small farm into a large one producing a unique product that can be obtained only in the Arctic territories”, Terebihin said.
It is noteworthy that today the main suppliers of giviut to the world market are North America and Greenland. According to Denis Terebihin, ten grams of musk ox wool cost about 15 American dollars on the foreign market. This is not surprising: one individual weighing 500 kilograms gives only three kilograms of fluff per year.
Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: istockphoto.com, Denis Terebihin / facebook.com / denis.terebikchin, Denis Gaskov