Reindeer Husbandry Year (1.6.−31.5.)

“Reindeer herding lives in the rhythm of the northern nature, and the natural annual cycle of reindeer.”

The most intense herding work periods are during the calve markings in June-July and the autumn round ups from the end of September to January. In the summer, the work focuses on maintaining fences, and collecting hay and branches with leaves for reindeer to eat during the winter.

Reindeer herding year starts in 1st of June and ends in 31st of May.

The natural behaviour of reindeer is used in the herding work. In the summer, after the blood-sucking insects start to bother reindeer, they start formulating herds naturally. Then they are easier to gather to bigger herds and take to fences for calve marking. In the autumn, during the rutting season, the male reindeer are keeping the harem tightly together, which helps to gather herds and take them to fences again for the round up.