Qiviut production from captive musk ox is a source of income for rural Alaskans. The sale of raw fiber, processed yarn and finished clothing is a venue for economic diversification uniquely suited to northern communities. The knowledge from this research project could facilitate qiviut production as an Alaskan industry. "Feeding standards are needed to strengthen established husbandry techniques and provide a base for marketable feed formulations," said Barboza. "Right now it's a guessing game for many producers."
The first two rations produced for the project are called "M," a supplement for musk oxen and "D," a complete diet for reindeer and caribou. Alaska Garden and Pet Supply, which also does business as Alaska Mill and Feed, has been licensed by UAF to commercially produce these and other feeds for producers, exhibitors and researchers.
The research is part of a project funded by the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation.
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CONTACT: Perry Barboza, UAF Institute of Arctic Biology, at 907-474-7142 or e-mail: email@example.com, or Ken Sherwood, Alaska Mill and Feed/Alaska Garden and Pet Supply at 907-279-4519 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.