Contrary to popular belief, yaks are their own species, not related to cattle.
While yaks carry some similar traits of cattle, an added bonus is the fiber that the animals possess. Additionally, yaks eat 1/3 of the amount of feed and grain that cattle require which increases efficiency and decreases the producer’s cost.
The International Yak Association organizes the registry to keep a history of the species.
Claire Roberts, registrar of the International Yak Association, said “We try to educate the public of why everyone should have Yaks and why we should purchase the byproducts.”
The National Western Stock Show provides International Yak Association members the opportunity to meet other breeders and fair goers and promote the species and the byproducts that come from them - fiber, meat and milk.
The Yak show has three categories, the pen show, fiber show, and haltered show. The haltered show includes classes of haltered animals, showmanship and the outfitter class. The outfitter class is unique to the Yak show. This allows handlers to reflect on the Tibetan history of the species through special outfits.
To learn more, visit iyak.org.