The Teams at BYR

Our Working Teams

Lots of farms have cows. How many have working cows, though? At BYR, we love to put our animals to work. In addition to Cleetus, our livestock guard dog, we have some other four legged friends that work with us. 

Each of our teams is trained regularly, and has learned to safely do any and all of the jobs that we ask of them. When you come to our ranch, you will get to experience our oxen whether as part of a hands on training experience, a cart ride, or a demonstration on some of our more labor intensive projects. 


The Big Boys

The Yaks


Buck and Claude are twin Brown Swiss steers that are 5 years old. The most obvious trait of these two is their size. We think they weigh around a ton each, and stand 6 feet tall. They came to us from another farm in Ohio where they were raised and trained. These guys will do the majority of our heavy work. Their yoke alone weighs over 100 pounds! 

Why stop at cows when we can have Yaks! Arriving soon are a pair of young Yak calves who will begin training in February. These guys will provide a very unique experience for visitors, and will give us an opportunity to learn about other bovine species and the harvesting of wool. 

Karen earned her name. She is our "family cow" that will do a little of everything for us. She is currently in training in the ox program, but will eventually be bred, will be milked, and provide the farm with all of the fun of "the family cow."