Posts in Science
SCIENCE NEWS: IYAK Genetically Outperforming Tibetan Yak

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)!  

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Yak Stops Global Warming?

If Climate Change is your concern, Yak is your answer

… UN Special Report confirms the urgent need to reduce methane emission… Whats interesting is that yak significantly reduce methane emissions compared with standard cattle breeds. New research in 2016, by one of my favorite researchers suggests yak could be a key solution in the battle against Global Warming (Zhigang Zhang… That yak are a healthy alternative to cattle is just one more reason to love yak. Get on board!

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IYAK SCIENTIFIC FIRST: Ground Breaking Genome Sequence Research

“The Only Test of It’s Kind Anywhere in the World” IYAK Did It In 2018! Next Stop the whole tamale

I am excited to report that the International Yak Association is singlehandedly responsible for the development of exciting and groundbreaking technology and DNA testing for North American Yak (NAY). It is a scientific first of great importance to breeders, consumers, and academic researchers of NAY. Let me tell you a little about our preliminary results. 

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What Color are Yak?

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY LAWRENCE G. RICHARDS IN OCTOBER 2010; Edited By Nicole Porter-Salvato SEPTEMBER 2018.

There are three colors of yak: black, black and gold

Black Imperials: Frequently coal black at birth, Imperials are black with a shiny black nose. As they develop, depending on how wooly the animal is, they often take on a reddish cast from sun exposure. The silkier the coat the less likely it will be changed by exposure to sunlight. The reddish cast may be due to modifying or casting genes that act in the presence of the primary black gene and interaction with sunlight to create the reddish cast. This can also be seen in Black Angus cattle, Friesian horses and many other livestock breeds.

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A globally important wild yak Bos mutus population in the Arjinshan Nature Reserve, Xinjiang, China

ORIGINALLY POSTED AS A SHORT COMMUNICATION BY PAUL J. BUZZARD et al.

Wild Yak are IUCN Red Listed and Class 1 in China

The wild yak Bos mutus is one of the most charismatic members of the Tibet/Qinghai Plateau fauna, and 19th century explorers to the plateau described vast herds. Overhunting, in particular, has greatly reduced wild yak populations and forced them into remote areas. The species is categorized as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and as a Class 1 protected animal

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Introducing Yak, the Other Red Meat

Heart Healthy Red Meat? Cool.

You may have heard yak talk before. In the low-cholesterol rage of the ’80s and ’90s, yaks dotted exotic game ranches west of the Mississippi and appeared alongside bison on “heart-healthy” burger menus. The yak’s big breakout moment happened at Denver’s National Western Stock Show in the late ’90s, when its reputation as an easy, more docile alternative to bison spread like prairie brush fire... Now, business is booming again.

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