IYAK - International Yak Association Events

Our Biggest Annual Event is the National Western Stock Show in Denver CO

The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is the biggest event in the livestock industry and it is our biggest annual event. It’s an opportunity to show our animals, buy and sell yak and products, and meet our friends. This is the place to be in January. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Denver this year!



January 23 - January 26, 2019


National Western IYAK Show And Conference


2019 nwss IYAK Stock Show Schedule

Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet registration OPEN until January 15th

Wednesday January 23, 2019

Check in begins at Noon 

Thursday January 24, 2019

Fiber Show Judging begins at 11:00 am

Meat tasting 11:00-1:00
Pen Show Judging begins at 1:00 pm

Friday January 25, 2019

Meat Tasting 11:00-1:00

Friday Seminars begin at 9:00 am at Livestock Center Auction Arena

9:00 AM      Micronutrients, Vitamins, Minerals & Yak Nutrition by Stephanie David & Steve Hill

9:30 AM      Safe Facilities for Every Budget by Chris Butz

10:00 AM    Farm to Table by Chris Butz & Doug David

10:30 AM    Blue Ribbon Halter Showing by Carlice Cutright

11:00 AM    Reading your Genetic Report by Nicole Porter-Salvato, PhD

11:30 AM    Genetic Yak Traits by Nicole Porter-Salvato, PhD

12:00 PM    Yaks In Tibet by Tenzin Bhagen

12:30 PM    The Wonderful World of Yak Fiber by Wini Labrecque

1:00 PM      Marketing your Yak Online by Jason Kohut

1:30 PM      Caring for your Herd by Dr. Julia Herman, DMV

2:00 PM      IYAK Q&A Hour with Daniele Pettee, Dr. Herman, Claire Roberts, Chris Butz, Steve Hill

Membership Banquet and Annual Meeting at Embassy Suites Hotel 

6:00 PM Banquet Registration
6:30 PM Awards Program
7:00 PM Banquet
8:00 PM Annual Membership Meeting

Saturday January 26, 2019

Meat Tasting 11:00-1:00

Halter Show: starts at 12:00 pm at Stock Yards Arena

Photo By Ron Rudkin of Rudkin Yak Ranch

Photo By Ron Rudkin of Rudkin Yak Ranch


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The National Western Stock Show office gets more calls and emails inquiring about yak and the IYAK halter show, than any other species! This is why they approached us to highlight yak and include IYAK in the 2018 parade and the rodeo. Everyone who brought animals to the 2018 show sold them. We anticipate another banner year in 2019 with new energy and exciting new seminars. IYAK has moved fast in 2018 and we have exciting news to report at the 2019 meeting. I encourage everyone to come out to meet new and old members and hear about our new developments in our seminars. Riding an 8 year growth trend and increasing yak prices, last years IYAK conference attendance was up 12%, there was an increase in new memberships, and a 10% increase in registrations. Registration is now open!


NWSS IYAK Conference Benefit Dinner 2019

This year we have an exciting line up for the benefit dinner. In addition to great food and camaraderie, we have many exciting events planned. IYAK BOD has made some important strides this year. We’ll update on the progress our BOD has made and have several amazing speakers lined up. We encourage everyone to attend and not miss out on the announcement of these awesome developments for the future of IYAK.



Skein and Fiber Arts Show

Every year the skein and fiber arts show is a very popular event and is gaining momentum. It draws media interest every year, in good local press and out members get featured in the news. If you have fiber products we highly encourage you to enter them in the show!


Sales at our Mini-Mall were stronger than ever last year. High foot traffic and interest in yak lead to several folks selling out before the end of day 2. If you have fiber, meat or other products of interest to yakkers please join us. You’ll receive an 8x8 space in the heart of the stock show, bring your inventory and signage and we’ll provide the rest (50$).

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New upgraded backlink Advertising!

NOT ONLY WILL all sponsors have their LOGOs prominently displayed on the NEW, updated IYAK website, they will have valuable “click-through” links. Your Logos will be active all year to be viewed by and ACCESSIBLE to: Friends, potential buyers, Media reps - and web bots to raise your search enginE results. Visit our Sponsors page to check it out.

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SCIENCE NEWS: IYAK Micronutrient Research

preliminary data is In!

Attention IYAK Members Who Will Be Showing at the 2019 NWSS. We will Updating on the micronutrient study and thanking the 12 ranches that worked so hard to submit their muti-animal samples!

Yaks Just Wanna Have Fun,  Alaska Yak at Circle F Ranch

Yaks Just Wanna Have Fun, Alaska Yak at Circle F Ranch


SCIENCE NEWS: IYAK Genetic Nose and Coat Color Research

data is In!

HEre’s another research Topic we’ll be presenting on at the 2019 NWSS. WE’ll be Updating Everyone on Genomic Trait studies and future research that can better inform breeding decisions, such as Our upcoming employment of the Match A Yak Program. Coming Soon:



REMINDER: Hotel Reservations

don’t forget to MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS. If your missed the monday, December 24 deadline Embassy suites will still work with you.


The discounted room block at Embassy Suites for IYAK at the National Western Stock Show deadline was December 24, 2018.  However, they are still working with IYAK members. Make your reservations now.  Embassy Suites Denver Stapleton phone number is (303) 375-0400. Tell them you are an International Yak Association member ask to receive IYAK discounts based on availability.