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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.

We’re Flying.

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!

 
 
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January 23 - January 26, 2019

 
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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

Photo By Nicole Porter,  Prairie Sky  of Lawrence Richards ribbons,  Living Diamonds Ranch  at IYAKs Winter Conference at NWSS 2019

Photo By Nicole Porter, Prairie Sky of Lawrence Richards ribbons, Living Diamonds Ranch at IYAKs Winter Conference at NWSS 2019

IYAKs Winter Conference at NWSS 2019

IYAKs Winter Conference at NWSS 2019


Photo by Suzanne Drumm ( Bentwood Alpaca & Yak ) of Rodeo at NWSS 2019

Photo by Suzanne Drumm (Bentwood Alpaca & Yak) of Rodeo at NWSS 2019

IYAKs Winter Conference at NWSS

IYAKs Winter Conference at NWSS

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!

Photo by Nicole Porter ( Prairie Sky Ranch ) of Friesians team at NWSS 2019

Photo by Nicole Porter (Prairie Sky Ranch) of Friesians team at NWSS 2019

Photo by Suzanne Drumm ( Bentwood Alpaca & Yak ) of yak at IYAKs Winter Conference at NWSS 2019

Photo by Suzanne Drumm (Bentwood Alpaca & Yak) of yak at IYAKs Winter Conference at NWSS 2019

IYAK tent at IYAKs Winter Conference at NWSS

IYAK tent at IYAKs Winter Conference at NWSS

Photo by Nicole Porter ( Prairie Sky Ranch ) of  Bow Creek Ranch  yak and IYAK guru Jason Kohut of  Qsoft Designs .

Photo by Nicole Porter (Prairie Sky Ranch) of Bow Creek Ranch yak and IYAK guru Jason Kohut of Qsoft Designs.

Photo by Suzanne Drumm (Bentwood Alpaca & Yak) of Longhorns at NWSS 2019

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Photo by Suzanne Drumm (Bentwood Alpaca & Yak) at NWSS 2019

Photo from  NWSS 2019 Website  of IYAK pen show

Photo from NWSS 2019 Website of IYAK pen show

 

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.

Photo by Nicole Porter ( Prairie Sky Ranch ) at NWSS 2019

Photo by Nicole Porter (Prairie Sky Ranch) at NWSS 2019

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Photo by Nicole Porter ( Prairie Sky Ranch ) of Wini Labrecque at IYAKs Winter Conference at at NWSS 2019

Photo by Nicole Porter (Prairie Sky Ranch) of Wini Labrecque at IYAKs Winter Conference at at NWSS 2019

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.


 
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SCIENCE NEWS: IYAK Micronutrient Research

preliminary data is In!

We Updated on the micronutrient study and thanked the 12 ranches that worked so hard to submit their muti-animal samples!

More information coming available under the science tab at IYAK.org


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 covered at the 2019 NWSS. WE’ll be Updating Everyone online on Genomic Trait studies and future research that can better inform breeding decisions. Coming Soon: under the science tab at iyak.org