I’m no expert but farmers of every type have a love-hate relationship with Mother Nature. The good days are great and the bad days are horrible.Read More
I’m no expert but weaning time is rough. Just think about it. Do you remember how much you missed your mommy when you first went to school? No? How about, if you are a mom, do you recall the torment of leaving your child in someone else’s care for the first time? Did you or your baby cry more?Read More
IYAK genetics: Remarkable, exceptional and wild!
Our registered animals are out-performing the Tibetan domestic and wild-types on several genetic and phenotypic fronts. Its a very special population in the world. IYAK is a truly unique and valuable herd. UINC estimates indicate Tibetan wild yak are "Vulnerable" and dropping 2% per year (2014), and new counts suggest wild yak may already be endangered. IYAK may soon be the last strong hold of the original, ancient and pure genetics (if we continue to protect it)!Read More
I’m no expert, but I have learned that most people know less than I think they should about animals. Sure, I was raised by a veterinarian who took us to work with him. We were included in or at least witnessed a plethora of animal care.Read More
This a family recipe handed down to me from our native Tibetan friend, Ping, through Ping’s grandmother, to her mother currently living in China-Tibet today. She is with her mother tonight and sent this recipe for Po Cha (བོད་ཇ). It reflects the history of this region. Ba Tang (Chinese: 壩塘鎮) is a rural town on the northeast corridor of the Tibetan Plateau. The Wu River (乌江), known as "Mother River" flows through Ba Tang and comes from an elevation of 8,900 feet. It’s quite chilly there, at 50 degrees, in the morning and evenings — even in the summer — and for Westerners, the altitude is challenging.Read More
I’m no expert, but I can guarantee that if you are cold, our yaks are not! Yaks can survive temperatures as low as -40 degrees.Read More
“So what do you do with a yak?” This is probably the first question that we all get after “Is that a buffalo in your pasture?” Once you establish the fact that no, those beautiful animals aren’t buffalo, but Tibetan yak, people immediately want to know why we raise them, and what they are good for. So, the conversation starts rolling along and we, as breeders, spend most of the rest of the conversation discussing the fact that in addition to these animals being aesthetically handsome, they are easy and fun to raise, and that yak truly fall into what we call “ an end use livestock model.”Read More
I’m no expert, but here is what I know about Yak ranchers. The decision to raise yaks is not always made for the same reasons. As a matter of fact, there are dozens of reasons.Read More
Every type of creature and each individual animal in that group has its own language and personality. Yaks definitely have their own type of communication.Read More
Wini was on fire again this year during the IYAK Winter Conference at the NWSS. Her seminar was clear, deep and thorough. Packed with information, innovation and practical instructions. What a knowledgable and great speaker and mentor! IYAK is very grateful to have such an enthusiastic expert dedicated to the yak fiber experience. She says we’re stuck with her. I say: Hallelujah!Read More
The Tibetan people relied on them heavily for everyday life (and some still do). Every part of the yak was utilized. They milked them and made cheese and yogurt with the milk. They combed out their fiber to spin into yarn. The hides were used. Even the manure was collected and dried to use as fuel. They ate the yak meat. Tibetans rode yaks and used them as pack animals.Read More
I’m no expert but visiting the yak show at the National Western Stock Show in Denver is invaluable. We have been attending the show for the last 5 years. What a wonderful way to learn about yaks it is!
At the show you can: -see numerous yaks and compare and contrast them…Read More
One thing farming has taught me to appreciate is the beauty of our world. There are the easy things to appreciate like the awe-inspiring sight of a herd of yaks running towards you through a pasture. Their tails are raised, their fiber is flowing in the wind, and their tongues are hanging out! Seeing a group of calves playing king of the mountain on a mound of manure is also beautiful.Read More
Life is a journey and there are lessons in every day. We raised alpacas for about 10 years before we bought our first yaks. The stories of our mistakes and successes with alpacas could fill a book. And then there were yaks.Read More
All entries must contain at least 50% yak fiber and must include a 3x5 card containing the following information: Fiber content and percentage; preparation and intended use; construction techniques…Skeins - clean, properly skeined and tied, notation of yardage and/or weight, blocked if necessary. Fiber Arts - clean, blocked and finished with no threads hanging, visual appeal, notation of technique and or production methods.Read More
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has officially decided to grant the IYAK petition of September 3, 2014 to add yak to the list of exotic species eligible for voluntary inspection in the United States. This is a big win for IYAK and the yak industry in the US, allowing us to continue to supply the public with a healthy product that is professionally inspected by USDA. Thanks are due, first of all to IYAK members for being engaged and contacting their elected representatives to make this happen. And to USDA FSIS for working with IYAK…Read More
If you’d like to get a feel for the IYAK Winter Conference at the NWSS and you’ve never been click below. If you’d like to see video of yourself and your friends click away. Great stuff, fun animals, meat samples, and beauties on halter and under saddle. Such fun again this year!Read More
You do not have to be a member of IYAK or even own yaks to participate.. Now is the time to take your fiber and/or yarn and fashion it into something exquisite to enter in our competition in any (or all!) of the following categories: Hand knitting, machine knitting, crochet, weaving, felting, braiding, or any other type of hand work as well as hand spinning. Awards will be given for 1st through 6th place.Read More
NWSS Winter Conference Volunteers Welcomed!
There are many ways to help out at NWSS. If you have a few minutes or can dedicate a few hours, IYAK has opportunities for you to volunteer. From helping with the always entertaining Halter Show, assisting the Judges or just spending time in the IYAK Tent meeting and greeting IYAK members and folks who want to yak about yaks - opportunities abound! Please contact our IYAK President Stephanie David if you want to help out. Her e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More