OELWEIN, Iowa (KWWL) – An Oelwein farmer has expanded from just the typical corn and cows we all are employed to viewing. There are some animals that are fairly special to the Crimson Rock Farms that some even phone the farm a zoo.
“I indicate, just the adore for animals, in general, is what is got me to this issue,” Crimson Rock Farms Owner Landon Kane mentioned.
A farmer turned zookeeper, Landon Kane owns a selection of horses and cows as well as other animals that are a bit abnormal for a farm in Iowa.
You can uncover a pumpkin patch and corn maze at his farm in the slide, but year-round there are llamas, mini potbelly pigs, swans, a zebra named Barcode, and a camel with the name Joe.
“He confirmed up and I couldn’t inquire for a far better animal. He’s just a big canine,” Kane reported.
The plan to open the zoo very first arrived up at a time when farmers weren’t receiving as a great deal for their make and livestock, but Kane suggests he much more so required to go after his appreciate for animals.
The Purple Rock Farms have been open given that the 1970s but the “zoo” part opened its doors to the general public in 2019, and caring for the animals is considerably far more than a total-time task.
“We get rolling at about 5:30 in the early morning and it’s 8, 9,10 o’clock at night before we get done for the working day to make certain anyone else has got a very good clean bed to lay on ahead of we do,” he claimed.
If his possess animals weren’t adequate to take care of, Red Rock Farms also recently opened the Ruff Dwelling, in which puppy and cat homeowners can go away their animals when heading out of town.
“Now that everyone’s starting up to travel they are leaving so we are obtaining to board a great deal of pet dogs,” Kane said.
The Ruff Property opened in April of this 12 months, the great time, as COVID-19 restrictions are practically non-existent and men and women are starting up to journey and depart town extra.
When individuals check out the zoo farm, the principal emphasis is educating friends on agriculture.
“Anything that goes alongside with making confident they have the proper health and fitness and the correct bedding and the ideal shelter and every little thing with them,” he reported.
About the summer time, the community can program visits to see the animals, but in the slide is when “Drop Fest” occurs and Pink Rock Farms is open up to the general public for a number of weekends. That is when the majority of visitors come by way of the farms to pet the animals and take pleasure in other fall routines.