USDA Yak Meat

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 in a professional manner and resolving this issue in a reasonable and beneficial way.

We just changed federal law. Our government worked. Be proud and thankful. A special thanks to Jim Watson who drove relentlessly to make this happen.


Former Owner of Great Lakes Ranch, Great Lakes Ranch Fiber Shed and Fashion Store. Now retired.

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