UAF's Experimental Farm welcomes baby reindeer

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska UAF's Fairbanks Experimental Farm welcomed their first calves of the year into the world recently.

Lola the reindeer walks with her baby born last Saturday. (KTVF/John Dougherty)

The Experimental Farm currently has 33 reindeer right now with 12 of the females expected to give birth. So far they have had 5 calves born.

The farm uses the animals to perform research for reindeer producers around the state. Currently they are working with the state to come up with a standardized procedures to process reindeer meat to ensure that it is safe for resale.

"We are a meat production research facility," reindeer caretaker Erin Carr said. "So we work with reindeer producers here in Alaska, dealing with research topics all the way from range management, proper reindeer feed and meat quality."

The farm will be taking suggestions to name the calves after they are weaned in July or August. Some of the names chosen last year included, Zach Efron, Tater Tot and Pretzel. Anyone wanting to submit a name can go to the Reindeer Research program's website.