Reindeer dairying in the Soviet Union

Gail Fondahl

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    Reindeer milk is used by native peoples throughout the Soviet North. This article describes how different groups use, or have in the past used, the milk in raw and processed form. After summarizing the properties of reindeer milk, it outlines a neglected chapter in the history of domesticated animals: the attempt in the 1930s to set up a commercial reindeer dairy industry in the USSR. Lastly, it analyzes the decline of reindeer milking among peoples of the Sovietnorth in this century.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)285-294
    Number of pages10
    JournalPolar Record
    Issue number155
    Publication statusPublished - 1989 Oct

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Ecology
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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