Jericho with a monk from Kyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery of Minneapolis during the 2019 Tibetan Festival
Minnesota’s largest registered herd of Royal and Trim Tibetan Yak roam 40 pastoral acres of Clear Spring Farm thanks to Hugh and Melodee Smith’s passion for the gentle animals. Like the Tibetan people who have revered yak for centuries as hardy companions that sustain life with milk, fiber, meat, and transportation in the high elevations of their native country, the animals have transformed Smiths’ lives and the farm they bought in 2012. From a starter herd of seven they now care for 35 bulls, cows, calves, and steers. Visitors enjoy bottle-feeding and handling calves to help them accept routines of daily care, veterinary checks, and spring combing to harvest their prized fiber. Luxurious and soft as cashmere, yak fiber boasts superior warmth, strength, and hypoallergenic traits. An entire season of hand-combing delivers about 20 lbs. of fiber before processing separates the hard guard hairs from the fiber. The remaining 10 lbs. is spun into fine yarns that are coveted the world over.
P - Farm-Raised Products & Special Events
The remodeled barn is home to the farm store, stocked with yak yarn, loomed rugs, artisan products, meat, and honey from the apiary. Talk with owner Melodee Smith about booking a tour, wedding, youth camp, or yak encounter.
P – Babydoll Southdown and Finnsheep products from Prairie Plum Farm, Mabel, MN: raw fleece, roving, yarns, artisan products, live animals, cottage preserves. See farm listing.
D- Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota on hand to celebrate and educate about Tibetan culture.
E - Visit Jericho – “Longest Horns on a Yak” World Record!
Get a photo with Jericho, the Guinness World Records winner of “Longest Horns on a Yak.” Typical yak steer horns are 18-39” but his measured 136.4” on Dec. 23, 2018! See press release below for his remarkable story. Photos above taken at Boom Island Park July 6, 2019 when Jericho was honored at the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota’s 84th Birthday Celebration for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
E - Dinner on the Farm with Bleu Dog Café – 5 p.m. Sat. Sept. 28, 2019. Reservations can be made in advance at 651-388-7494.
2019 Donation to Drawing: Woven Yak Rug ($200)
Jericho was recently featured on finding WCCO TV's Finding Minnesota.