IYAK - International Yak Association Events 2019
Several said, this was “the Best Ever” IYAK Winter Conference at the National Western Stock Show!
The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is the biggest event in the livestock industry and it is our biggest annual event. This was an opportunity to show our animals, buy and sell yak and products, and meet our friends. This year it was the place to be in January.
Sorry If you missed it. I heard many say “This was the best IYAK conference ever.” Great sales, camaraderie, and tons of information from skilled yakkers (ie. how to care for yak, micronutrient studies, how to advertise yak online, genetics studies, how to run a profitable ranch, etc.).
Looking forward to seeing you in Denver next year in 2020!
January 23 - January 26, 2019
National Western IYAK Show And Conference 2019
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
We’re growing and strong in 2019!
IYAK in the 2019 NWSS parade and rodeo.
The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) office received more calls and emails inquiring about yak and the IYAK halter show, than any other species! This is why they highlighted yak and include IYAK in the 2019 parade and the rodeo.
2019 IYAK sales were high and “brisk".
Riding an 9 year growth trend and increasing yak prices, this years IYAK conference attendance was up 12%, there was an increase in new IYAK memberships, and an increase in IYAK Winter Conference registrations.
We anticipate another banner year in 2020 with new energy and exciting new ACHIEVEMENTS.
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE 2019 NWSS. IYAK has been moving fast in 2018 and we had exciting news to report at the 2019 Winter Conference at the NWSS. IYAKs breed integrity is equivalent with Tibetan yak (eg. conservation biology). World renowned, ground breaking science is now available to members. We’re out pacing other breed associations (eg. bison, friesian horses, etc.). New website features are becoming available with low membership cost. The 2019 IYAK Winter Conference NWSS was a success! 2020 will be inspired!
NWSS IYAK Conference Benefit Dinner 2019
This year we had an exciting and fun benefit dinner. In addition to great food and camaraderie, we had many exciting announcements. IYAK BOD has made some important strides this year and made some exciting achievements for 2019. We encourage everyone to attend in 2020 and not miss out on the fruition of these important developments for the future of IYAK.
Skein and Fiber Arts Show
Exciting new developments in the Fiber Arts arenas. Every year the skein and fiber arts show is a very popular event and is gaining momentum. Again this year, Wini Labrecque (an outstanding teacher and speaker in her own right) offered a high quality and informative seminar on yak fiber. Wini’s presentation was over the top - interesting and informative. Wini also announced new product in development with interior designers - Yak fiber is already lucrative and may be becoming a more intra-nationally profitable business! As usual, fiber draws media interest each year, in local press and our members get featured in the news. Stay tuned for Elizabeth (Wini’s trusted protégé) as she starts her new blog posts and Fiber area of the IYAK website.