'Tis The Season For Livestock-Sourced Gifts

If you're still hunting for a perfect gift, perhaps these items may tickle your fancy.

Published on: Dec 12, 2012

With the holidays right around the corner, it is sometimes hard to find just the right gift.  The Livestock Marketing Information Center, Lakewood, Colo., has put together a list of livestock gift products.  For each species, LMIC has listed one gift you have probably thought of and one they hope you'll find interesting: 

Cattle: Leather- Jacket, boots, belts, anyone? Leather makes some fantastic gifts for a wide variety of tastes. Aspic- Anyone who watched Julie and Julia will remember the calf's foot aspic. This is sure to be a gelatinous surprise for the host of your next holiday party, and may not be for everyone.

Dairy: Cheese- Cheese wheels or assortments are a nice touch as something a little special for the holiday season, and provide a savory option for those not big into sweets.  Artisan cheese popularity has made unique varieties very trendy. Chocolate- Perhaps a stretch for dairy but combining cocoa with milk and sugar has a way of bringing a smile to most. It's easily adapted into recipes and drinks to add some cheer to any gathering.

Dont forget the farm-raised tree for a place to stash your gifts.
Don't forget the farm-raised tree for a place to stash your gifts.

Sheep & Goats: Wool- Wool, similar to leather, in that it can be found in a suitable form for almost anyone.  Wool provides a healthy array from cold weather/outdoor products to fine clothing. Cashmere is a girl's best friend, not diamonds.  Lanolin- Lanolin is a wax produced by sheep and can be used in skin care products for dry skin.  Derivatives are often used in high value cosmetics and skin treatment products. 

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Hogs and Pigs: Pig Ears- The perfect gift for most canines. These little ears are relatively cheap and easily devoured. Lard- More specifically maybe is pie or high heat frying applications. Lard is said to make the best crust, thought to be more flaky than those made with butter or shortening. Lard can also be used to deep fry many items and provides a distinct flavor and a high smoke point.

Poultry: Eggnog- Last year's feature holiday article detailed this delicious holiday drink, and some of you may recall some recipes require up 20 eggs. Chicken Leather ipad Case-In doing some research in this area, there are quite a few websites that specialize in chicken gifts, but not so many that involve by products.  So we decided to highlight chicken leather ipad case, for all those looking for the distinct look of a chicken's foot on your ipad.

And one addendum:

Horses: For the horse lover on your list, try a horsehair bracelet or necklace. Many can be fashioned with beads and pendants, or even made custom from your own horse's hair.

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