Kaldakur LLC is a small farm owned by Phil & Amy Eavou. We have been raising Icelandic Horses since 2002 on our small farm in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Phil is a service technician for a large heavy equipment company and Amy has a small sewing business making horse riding pants (www.toltequestrianwear.com – shameless plug!) and also homeschools their daughter. Amy has over 20 years experience with Icelandic Horses and has been involved with equines all her life. We breed for a few Icelandic foals every year, using our bay pinto stallion Brynjar. Our foals are known for exceptional temperaments and great gaits. We have lots of color as an added bonus on many of our foals. With over twenty foals under our belts, we have the experience to know what makes a great horse. Offering our knowledge and experience after the sale helps new owners be confident they will have a great experience raising their next trail partner. We have plenty of satisfied owners that will gladly provide references for us!
Over the years we have been working toward being more self-sufficient. We started providing more for ourselves with chickens and eggs and moved on to sheep, hogs, cattle, and turkeys. We try to improve our land using methods that are more gentle to the environment like rotational grazing to cut parasite loads and improve our pastures. We raise our animals as naturally as possible, prevention is the best medicine, but do not hesitate to treat or medicate a sick animal. The animal’s welfare is our #1 concern. We aim for pasture raised animals, but we live in a cold area and occasionally need to supplement with grain during “baby season.” We are constantly learning and try to keep our ideas flexible, with the best interest of our animals in mind. If something doesn’t work, we try something else! We also have started planting cold hardy fruits around the farm as edible landscaping to add to our fall harvests. We have planted several antique varieties of apples, cherries, arctic kiwi, blueberries, haskaps, raspberries, alpine strawberries and several other cold hardy fruits. We also have a vegetable garden we use for canning and preserving.
We began raising Icelandic sheep in 2014. We enjoy lambing our 15-20 ewes every Spring and enjoying the delicious rewards of all that work in the Fall at harvest time. We raise purebred horned sheep that are registered with the CLRC. We have been striving to add high percentage AI bloodlines to our flock to breed for nice thick meat lambs with good wool. Meat lines and dairy lines run hand in hand, so many of our ewes are great milkers also. We also use the sheep to help renovate our pastures through intensive rotational grazing. We offer registered breeding stock, meat lambs and fiber pets for sale.
We have been raising Dexter cattle since 2015. We absolutely love our cattle. We wanted cattle that could provide beef and milk but were smaller and calmer for small farm use (and for people with less experience). After much research, we decided Dexter cattle were the breed to pursue and we purchased our first small starter herd in 2015. In 2016 while searching for a new bull we learned about Traditional bred Dexter cattle and felt that preserving the original Dexter bloodlines was an effort we wanted to join. We bought a Traditional bull and added five more Traditional bred cows to the herd. We were already in love with our first Modern bred Dexter cows so we kept them around, even though we are actively breeding to save the Traditional lines. We strive to produce naturally small cows (with and without the chondro gene) with nice udders to milk from, cattle that provide a good carcass for the freezer and animals that are calm and smart enough to train. Birthing ease is also a must. We are committed to breeding correct cattle by the original Dexter standards for use on small farms while preserving the old original bloodlines.
We have always tried to keep our prices fair, and our dealings honest. We farm because we love raising animals and taking care of and improving our land. We also want to be more self-sufficient, which isn’t easy but the rewards are great. We want to help others on the same road if we can by providing fair prices and terms on hardy, healthy animals that can help provide for your family. We want to be known as a farm that can be trusted, and for our customers to recommend us and return to us for future purchases. Contact us for a visit, or to chat about the animals or the farm. We love to meet new folks!
– Phil & Amy Eavou
2 Corinthians 9:6-11 NIV
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.