Yaks are people from the subfamily Bovinae, just like bison, cattle and water zoysia. There’s two types of yak: nature yak and also the domestic yak. Nature yak remains safe and secure and located only in Asia at elevations above 13,000 ft. These were domesticated through the Qiang people around the Tibetan Plateau a minimum of 4,000 years back. Since that time, the domestic yak has spread all through Asia and into Europe, reaching The United States through the early 1900s. Now a hundred years later, the domestic yak is valued as a substitute animals option for an increasing number of individuals the U . s . States.
Domestic yak range in dimensions from small adult cows of 600 pounds to bulls topping 1,700 pounds. Unique among bovines, yaks have lengthy hair on their own physiques and also the entire period of their tails, in addition to dense, wooly undercoats that are shed each year early in the year. This double layer has waterproof characteristics, which makes them impervious towards the harshest cold and snow.
In The United States, yaks are elevated mainly for meat and fiber. Some can be used for packing. Yaks may also be milked, ridden or educated to harness.
Yaks tell the bison physiological features not present in cattle. Aside from the apparent hump, you will find variations within the skull, skeleton and muscling. Like bison, yak have 14 pairs of ribs where cattle have recently 13. This extra group of ribs helps you to accommodate the bigger lung area which enable domestic yak to thrive from ocean level to elevations over 12,000 ft.
Yaks are thought easy keepers, with fencing, dietary and maintenance needs much like cattle. Calves average 30-40 pounds so cows rarely need assistance with delivery. Yaks should discover shade and use of ponds or stock tanks in hotter climates. Shelter in the elements a very good idea in most regions. Some yaks require hoof trimming, and ‘woolies’ need brushing out once they shed their coat.
Lots of people prefer yak’s lean and attractive meat. Spinners, fly-tyers and braiders purchase the fiber that proprietors are prepared to collect. The hides make beautiful rugs and sturdy leather. Composted yak manure is appreciated being an excellent soil amendment. The milk, wealthy in butterfat, is stated to create scrumptious cheese.
Source: Worldwide Yak Association 2016
Updated November 29, 2016
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Donna Hobbs: Can yaks pasture with horses?
Vi Audi: Much knowledge
mooky: very interesting.
Caitlyn Joys: Pet yaks?
Mukhtar Sayed: love to know about yaks.
mikedoesseo: Could you just shear their shaggy coat if you are in a hotter climate like Texas? If they're that docile they would probably welcome it lol.
Kosh800: They wag their tails!! That's kind of amazing to me, lol.
MissCeo3000: Beautiful animals! How are yaks for milking? How is the flavor of the milk and about how much would you get each day? If someone had 2-3 yaks how many hours a day would it take to care for them? Thanks in advance to anyone who is able to answer any of these questions!
phuntsok norbu: +MissCeo3000 hi! i think i got little bit information about yak, because my family owns lots of yaks till few years back. as i have seen during my childhood our yaks used to be in wild for most of the time because they actually like to be in more open space as their real habitat, if you notice in tibet , Mongolia and those himalayan regions are like mostly grassland, so you dont need much take care, if you have enough space, keep them free, and if you want to milking and all then only you have to look after them morning and evening specialy the female (dhee or a dheemo) in tibetan language. other wise no need to do any thiing special for them. our yaks used to be in wild by their own for almost for half of the year. we bring them back before harvesting, for some fields work.\nbut for you, if i am not wrong you are gona keep them in west so you should look after them only in morning and eve for their food and shelter. \n\n\nhope it help you in getting little bit of idea about the animal, \nif you need more info reply on same ill try to find out through my elders. \n\n\nthanks. \n\n\nand for you kind information i am not from tibet, i am from ladakh which is almost same as tibet in every things except for one is in india and other is tibet.