What is a Yak Good For?

What animal produces meat, milk, and wool and then can pack you out of the Colorado Rockies?  There is just no more versatile animal than the Tibetan Yak. Yak fiber or wool rivals the finest fibers in the world. It's milk is world renowned but definitely is not pink! Yak meat is becoming the choice for people interested in a delicious, healthy alternative to over commercialized red meats - the "paleo" choice. 

The yak's versatility makes it the perfect animal for small farms and homesteads. Contact us to learn more about how yaks can be a part of your future. 


Yak Colors | Types | Breeds

Although "breed" may not be the best term, Bos Grunniens, the scientific name for this member of  bovine family, are divided into the following categories in North America:

1. Imperial Yaks: black with a black nose.

2. Black or Native Tibetan: black with a gray nose and grey dorsal stripe.

3. Trim: black with white "trim" often on the forehead, feet, and tip of the tail.

4. Royal Yak: Black and white piebald

5. Golden: Light golden brown color.

6. Woolly Yaks: Longer and thicker hair coat


Yak Fiber: Wool-Down-Fur-Hair

Yak-Fibers-Micron

Yak wool is the under coat of the yak. The long guard hair has many uses including ropes,tent fabric, and costumes but the treasure is the "down" or wool. A very fine and crimpy fiber, it spins beautifully into some of the softest and warmest yarn available. 

Yak-Fiber-Cinch

Yak Meat

Yak Meat is the new yet ancient red meat. Delicious is the only way to describe it. Very low in fat, never gamey, juicy and very tender. Try yak meat from us or our friends and partners and you will never go back to GMO, antibiotic, and hormone laden grocery store beef. 

yak-short-ribs

Yak Short Ribs 

Yak-Meat-Steak

Yak Steaks

Yak Milk - Cheese - Dairy

Yak Milk, contrary to legend, is not pink but yak butter's legendary status is well deserved. Yak butter tea is the comfort food of the Himalayas.  Yak milk is rich in butterfat at around 11% and this makes it perfect for yogurt, butter, and cheese. 

Yak Packing, Trekking, & Pets

Thousands of miles and thousands of pounds over thousands of years are the testament to the yak's capabilities as a pack animal. From salt and barley through the Himalayas to elk pout of the rockies, try to find an animal more adept at carry heavy loads across treacherous terrain. 

Frequently Yakked Questions

Do yaks need supplements?

They require white salt and a multi mineral with copper year-round.  Additional protein can be supplemented when strictly feeding hay.

How much do they eat?

Approximately 1-2% of their body weight per day. Calves consume around 3lbs per day and adults about 15 lbs of quality forage or hay per day.

Do you have to trim the hooves?

Normally once a year is adequate depending on the soil type and terrain where the animal lives. The color of the hoof also makes a difference in frequency of trimming.

Do yak mothers have easy births?

Generally yes, but they can have some of the same problems that other bovines do.

Do yaks produce fiber?

Yes - Fiber can be combed, usually in spring & early summer. Calves and super woolly animals tend to produce the most.

Treats?

There are several different treats than can be offered: Horse cookies, Nutrena Senior grain, or cattle cakes.  Your yak will often choose their favorite.

Do you worm yaks?

  Ivomec pour on in spring and fall is recommended.

Are yaks easy to fence?

Yaks are easy to contain once they know the pasture they are in is home.  They can crawl under or jump over 4 wire fencing if they really want out.

Are yaks good mothers?  

Adult cows normally make good mothers, however; first time mothers need to be watched for the first week or so after the calf is born.

What is their temperament?

Bottle babies and animals that have close human contact can be very tame.

What do yaks cost or sell for?

Pricing varies depending on temperament, pedigree and type of coat, with super woolly animals commanding the highest prices. Typically pricing can start at $800 running as high as $10,000

Vaccines?

Always consult your vet first! - Yearly with at least 7 or 8-way clostridium (some use 11-way).  Calves need a booster 1 month after the first injection.

When can you wean yak calves?

Generally between 4 & 5 months.

Copyright 2004-2013 High Prairie Yaks  website by Grunniens Ranch LLC