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Ora and Lorene Lehman with Lehman Yak Farms
We are located in Goshen, Indiana. We live in a large Amish community where people still farm with draft horses, and our mode of transportation is horse and buggy. Our main buggy horse is a black Morgan mare. We bred her to a Friesen sire and have a nice 2 year old filly. We bred her back and is due for another colt May 20th. We have 4 driving horses, a single seater buggy, a 2 seater buggy, an open buggy and sulky cart.
We have a 40 acre farm with 10 acres being a duck operation. Our son-in-law Stephen and Wilma bought the duck operation which includes a big 6 bedroom house, a horse barn, and 40’ x 400’ duck barn, with 5,000 laying breeder flock. They gather around 3,600 eggs a day in their peak laying. They raise for a local hatchery, Culver Duck Farms. We kept 30 acres which included the Yak barn, Activity Center, and a newer home on the back part of the property.
I have always raised Holstein dairy heifer calves, but got out of it, as all 6 children were married, because it was too much work for us two. But life was just not right without any cattle. In 2010 I seen my first Yaks and it was love at first sight, so we went and bought 4 pure bred heifers from Great Lakes Ranch (Brad and Jandy Sprouse); LDR Fantasia, LDR Fade-Away, FW Straight-Up, and LDR Halle. And then bought, TQWY Arsenal, a Grand Champion 2 Yr. Old Bull, at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. After seeing how easy they are to care for, we went to Denver, to the National Western Stock Show and found Yaks to raise more on the meat side. We bought 13 more yearling heifers, and these later gave us some really good calves, so we registered our whole Yak herd. This hobby has turned into a nice business. We pasture the Yaks in the summer. We manage our pastures as intensive grazing. We built a holding pen where the water supply is, and where I feed them 2 lbs. of TMR mix per day. This gives them minerals and roughage, and gives me the opportunity of seeing them up close. It’s kind of a treat for them so when they see me coming with the buckets they all come running. I really enjoy taking care of them especially when they start calving in the spring.
We have access to our 4, 3 acre pastures from the holding pen, which makes it easier to rotate the Yaks in our intensive grazing program. This has been enough pasture for my 18 Yak calf pairs. They are really effient to pasture. Yaks take about half the feed than the commercial beef breeds.
There is a good demand for heifers for breeding stock. I only keep the very best bulls for breeding proposes, and all the rest are steered for meat, which we can’t keep up with the demand. The Yaks have treated us very well.