IYAK - International Yak Association Events

Our Biggest Annual Event is the NWSS.

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!

Registration is now open!



January 23 - January 26, 2019


Winter Conference National Western Stock Show (NWSS)

 Photo By Ron Rudkin of  Rudkin Yak Ranch

Photo By Ron Rudkin of Rudkin Yak Ranch

2019 Stock Show Schedule

Tuesday December 4, 2018

Stock Show registration OPEN
Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet registration OPEN

Thursday January 10, 2019

Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet registration CLOSED

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Stock Show registration CLOSED

Wednesday January 23, 2019

Check in begins at Noon 

Thursday January 24, 2019 

Fiber Show Judging begins at 11:00 am
Pen Show Judging begins at 1:00 pm

Friday January 25, 2019

Seminars begin at 9:00 am at Livestock Center Auction Arena
Membership Banquet and Annual Meeting at Embassy Suites Hotel 

Banquet Registration 6:00 p.m.
Awards Program 6:30 p.m.
Banquet 7:00 p.m.
Annual Membership Meeting 8:00 p.m.

Saturday January 26, 2019

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

 Yak at the NWSS

Yak at the NWSS


Winter Conference NWSS 2019

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%, with 121 new memberships and a 10% increase in registrations. Registration is now open!

Winter 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 2018 NWSS. We will Updating on the micronutrient study and thanking the 12 ranches that worked so hard to submit their muti-animal samples!


REMINDER: Hotel Reservations

dont forget to MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS before monday, December 24!

we have a limited block of reserved rooms at EMBASSY SUITES DENVER STAPLETON. CLICK HERE.

The discounted room block at Embassy Suites for IYAK at the National Western Stock Show will remain open until December 24, 2018.  Don't miss out on an opportunity to get your rooms for NWSS at the discounted rate.  Make your reservations now!  Embassy Suites Denver Stapleton phone number is (303) 375-0400. Tell them you are an International Yak Association member to receive IYAK discounts on block reservation.