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NellieBelle Posted - Nov 28 2014 : 1:29:34 PM
I'm wanting a winter weather boot for -20 degree cold weather. My zipper on my LLBean boots are shot so need something warm (3 metal plates) in my foot so the cold doesn't feel good. Do any of you have a superior boot that would fit the description.
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Jersey James Posted - Dec 07 2014 : 3:30:09 PM
Hi Yukoner! You will love having a cow. Your pigs will too!!
Jersey James Posted - Dec 07 2014 : 3:25:46 PM
Feet need to be warm.
farmlife Posted - Dec 07 2014 : 2:06:38 PM
Janet, you have probably already solved your boot problem, but I just came across these Muck boots for women with a zipper.
maryjane Posted - Dec 02 2014 : 06:51:40 AM
Yes, yes, YES! to a milk cow for Yukoner. It sounds like you have everything else going on--companion animals, acreage, and most important, Yukon stamina. Tell hubby all will be perfect in your little bit of heaven once you have your cow:)
farmlife Posted - Dec 02 2014 : 05:30:52 AM
Well don't give up on your cow pursuits. You may just have to search one out and bring her to you.
NellieBelle Posted - Dec 02 2014 : 04:18:42 AM
Hello Yukoner. It sure sounds beautiful. And it's interesting how different the growing seasons and what you can grow. All your cooler vegetables for sure. And the berries. YUM. Who knows, perhaps you will be the first to get a dairy cow. Wouldn't that be wonderful. Glad to chat with you Yukoner and again thanks for the boot tip!
Yukoner Posted - Dec 01 2014 : 10:52:39 PM

It is VERY beautiful up here. Definitely worth it.

I am guessing you got the train at Skagway and rode it to Carcross. That is only about two hours from where I live.

I don't use the SAD lights, but sometimes I think I should! LOL. I do take my Vitamin D.

Not much fruit up here (Our nights are still very cold - even in the summer, and our growing season is short), but the brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, kale, etc) do VERY well.

The long days are amazing in the summer. I often am out working in the orchard (berries) until midnight.
Yukoner Posted - Dec 01 2014 : 10:48:07 PM

As far as I know, there are a total of 2 in the entire Yukon (equivalent to a state)! LOL! Actually, there is a 3rd, but she is dry.

There are a lot more cattle, but very few dairy cows. The only licensed dairy in the entire Yukon is the goat dairy where I get my whey.
CloversMum Posted - Dec 01 2014 : 08:01:34 AM
Welcome Yukoner,

It sounds rugged where you live...but I imagine has some beautiful land all around you and I read that because of the long summer daylight hours, lots of fruit is grown along with lots of flowers. Is that true? My husband and I went on an Alaskan cruise a year ago and actually took a train ride into the Yukon territory. It was beautiful but already cold at the end of August!

My sister lives in Eagle River, AK, and uses those special lights during the winter for artificial sunlight. Do you?

Welcome to the chat room where I've learned lots and simply enjoyed getting to know new people who also love cows!
farmlife Posted - Dec 01 2014 : 05:24:02 AM
Wow, it sounds like a very challenging and rewarding life. I was in your shoes not too long ago. (Researching and looking for a cow.) Are there many dairy cows in your area?
Yukoner Posted - Nov 30 2014 : 7:42:12 PM
*Quote Farmlife *We still need your story, Yukoner. *

I live in the Yukon (East of Alaska, in Canada. Farther north, actually, than the capital of Alaska. :-)

No cows, yet. Just a VERY strong desire to get one. :-) I'm just doing my research.

We live on a 160 acre farm and raise turkeys, chickens (both meat and laying), and summer pigs. We feed whey to our pigs from a goat farmer down the highway. I would love to be feeding my own whey from my own cow, though!

Winters are hard, here. The coldest I have ever seen it get on the farm was -60 Fahrenheit. That isn't our usual temperature, though! Today it is only -4 Fahrenheit.

Really, it is the dark that makes everything so hard. I don't know what time the sun is rising - long after I'm at work. But it is setting around 3 p.m. right now. And we are losing about 15 minutes of light every day. That adds up quickly! But, then, we'll start ADDing it back in. And life will be good again. ;-)

In the meantime, I will cook and knit. :-)

In my off-farm life, I am a school teacher.
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 30 2014 : 7:13:18 PM
Thanks Yukoner. The Muck boots and Bog boots both sound great. So I will have to do some reading and decide. This is going to be difficult. Thanks for your input, I really appreciate it. You guys are great.
farmlife Posted - Nov 30 2014 : 6:18:47 PM
We still need your story, Yukoner. I'm assuming you live in Alaska. I always thought it would be awesome to live there, but as an adult I've learned everything is harder in sub zero temperatures and days that are only light from 8 to 4 is dark enough for me. I think I would be a grouch, so hats off to you. How many cows do you have?
Yukoner Posted - Nov 30 2014 : 6:04:37 PM
I would definitely go with the Muck boots. I have had mine for over two years. I actually wear them winter AND summer here (but our summers are still relatively cool). When it is colder than -45, I do put a second layer of socks on in them. (I got mine nice and roomy). The kind I got, I have folded down the top part. I absolutely love these boots. My warm and dry feet love them, too!
CloversMum Posted - Nov 29 2014 : 10:06:57 PM
I really like my Bog boots but they don't have a zipper on the side of them so I'm not sure they would work for your foot. My daughter wears orthotics and can't bend her feet either so we struggle with finding warm boots as well. I am going to look into the artic muck boots, although mens sizes would be way too big for my daughter's feet. I used to have sorrels boots and they definitely kept my feet warm and I didn't slip and slide with them either. I just ended up wanting a boot that I could slip my foot into and not worry about tying it each time. But they were probably my warmest boots ever!
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 29 2014 : 04:41:22 AM
It's amazing what you learn to live with. I definitely know when it's winter. ;)
Ron Posted - Nov 28 2014 : 8:38:35 PM
Ah! Well that makes a big difference. I bet that don't feel good in bad weather. Uugghh
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 28 2014 : 6:25:11 PM
Thanks you guys. I will read up on both. I need something that doesn't slip in slick icy conditions. Thanks for all the information, I will research them and see if they will work for me. My foot is fused so I can't bend it like other people so it's difficult to get boots on sometimes. I've had to buy boots with zippers because of the no bend in my foot.
Ron Posted - Nov 28 2014 : 5:40:45 PM
Hi Janet. Here you go. Been working out side most of my life in some of the worst weather most in cold climate.
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 28 2014 : 5:19:40 PM
Thanks Keeley, I'm going to look into it. Warm toes here I come!
farmlife Posted - Nov 28 2014 : 5:03:56 PM
I think generally two sizes smaller, but maybe they have a chart to figure it out.
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 28 2014 : 3:35:51 PM
Okay, they look like they would work in really cold weather and if your husband wore them hunting and they kept his feet warm this may be what I'm looking for. Looks don't matter. Warmth matters. :) I just have to figure out my size is in men's shoes. ? Thanks fellow farm gal.
farmlife Posted - Nov 28 2014 : 2:24:04 PM
My husband has a pair of Arctic Muck boots that I envy. They are rubber on the bottom, super spongy in the insole, flexible calves, and warm. He went hunting in sub zero weather in them with no complaints. I would think they have something similar for women. At least I hope they do since they are on my wishlist for Christmas.