A Reindeer Story: ‘Tis the Season

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When you grow up on a dairy farm, major in dairy science, and know the dairy business like the Krolls’, sometimes you need a dairy diversion – and that’s why cows aren’t alone on this farm.

“We kind of ended up getting into reindeer, too,” said Sara Kroll, who proudly reared her own reindeer farm.
“People think when I go and show them on displays, they’re like, ‘Oh, this is caribou, right?’ I’m like, ‘No, they’re reindeer. Reindeer are real. They’re a real animal.'”

When you’re at a reindeer farm, you’ve gotta dress like you’re at a reindeer farm. Get the proper apparel.

These strange-looking animals thrive in chilly temperatures.

“They love the cold weather, they love the snow. So, if it’s a blizzard out, they’ll just stand out in the pasture and enjoy the weather,” Kroll said.

And the antlers–holy smokes. They provide owners with a handle of the mating season, and yes, they can be used for defense.

“They lose them every year,” Kroll told Local 5. “Then right after they lose them, they start growing them again.”

And they get a little larger every time.

Kroll explained, “‘Looking at their hooves, they’re a little bit different than a horse.They act as snow shoes in the snow so they can walk on any snow. And then they also act as shovels, because they like to dig in the snow to get to the grass underneath.”

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