Photo by Su Cowen of  Sisu Ranch

Photo by Su Cowen of Sisu Ranch

Join IYAK

Join IYAK

Join a dedicated leadership with a proven record of success.

 

Steering Committees

To Preserve, Promote, and Protect Yak through Policy. These committees are focused on creating public policy for IYAK and making decisions to develop a thriving IYAK community for the future. Steering Committees decide on the priorities or order of business of an organization and manage the general course of its operations.

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Registration Committee

Doug David, Bow Creek Ranch, Lenora, Kansas

Larry Richards, Living Diamonds Ranch, Polson, Montana

Stephanie David, Bow Creek Ranch, Lenora, Kansas

Tom Hansen, Wayfare Yaks, Joes, Colorado

Claire Roberts, Registrar

registrar@iyak.org

Show Committee

Doug David, Bow Creek Ranch, Lenora, Kansas

Stephanie David, Bow Creek Ranch, Lenora, Kansas

Larry Richards, Living Diamonds Ranch, Polson, Montana

Mark Priest, A Yak or 2, Mancelona, Michigan

 

Ethics Committee

Chris Butz, (Chair) Gill’s Pier Ranch, Northport, Michigan

Boyd Meyer, Thunder Ridge Yaks, Windsor, Colorado

ethics@iyak.org

Nomination Committee

Holly Modjeski (Chair), Yaks on Yucca, Parker, Colorado

Anita Hill, Sunny Hill Ranch, Willow, Alaska

Suzanne Drumm, Bentwood Alpaca and Yak, Tully, New York

nominations@iyak.org

 

Health Committees

To Preserve, Promote, and Protect Yak Health. These committees are concerned with the health and well being of the IYAK herd and are interesting in educating the community and preserving the quality of living for yak, the breeders and their consumers.

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Health Committee

Sandra Matheson DVM, Matheson Farms, Bellingham, Washington

Steve Hill, Sunny Hill Ranch, Willow, Alaska

Mike Swartz, Turkey Hill Yaks, Cody, Wyoming


Genome Committee

Larry Richards (Chair) Living Diamonds Ranch, Polson, Montana

Nicole Porter-Salvato, PhD, Prairie Sky Ranch, Driftless Region, Wisconsin


Meat Nutrition Committee

Doug David, Bow Creek Ranch, Lenora, Kansas

Daniele Garner, Pettee Ranch, Fairplay, Colorado

Szabolcs Mandy, Mandy Farms, East Meredith, New York

Sophia Weiss, Firebird Farms, Ashland, Oregon


Fiber Committee

Melodee Smith, Clear Spring Farm

Patricia Young, Yaks In The Cradle Farm, Chimacum, Washington

Wini Labrecque, advisor

Research CollaboraTions

GenBank, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD

Intrepid Bioinformatics, Louisville, Kentucky, Contact Ted Kalbfleisch, PhD, CEO

Michigan State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, Toxicologist, John Buchweitz, PhD.

Neogen Corporation, GeneSeek Operations Lincoln, Nebraska, Researchers, Veronica Basnayake, PhD and Dr. Rich Tai and Contact, Jeremy Walker

University of California, Davis, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, Old Davis Road, Davis, California, Cecilia Penedo, Ph.D., Associate Director of Service

University of Kentucky, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Lexington, Kentucky, Contact Debra Maples and Researcher,

University of Kentucky, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Researcher, William Silvia

University Nebraska Lincoln, ANSC Animal Genetics and Genomics Lab, Lincoln, Nebraska, Researcher, Jessica Petersen, PhD

University of Wisconsin Madison, Department of Animal Sciences, Madison, Wisconsin, Hasan Khatib, PhD (Chair)

 

Outreach Committees

To Preserve, Promote, and Protect Yak through Outreach. These committees focus on outreach to members, media and the population in general. They are concerned with providing resources that will help educate everyone on this special animal, our unique yak population and its global significance.

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Communications Committee

Holly Modjeski (Chair), Yaks on Yucca, Parker, Colorado

Nicole Porter-Salvato, PhD, Prairie Sky Ranch, Driftless Region, Wisconsin

communications@iyak.org

Education Committee

Phillip Reschke, PhillBilly Farms

Megan Miller

 

Membership Committee

Daniel Salvato, Prairie Sky Ranch, Driftless Region, Wisconsin

History Committee

Dianne Latona (Chair), Bellingham, Washington

Elizabeth Enslin, Amaranta Farm, Wallowa County, Oregon