— The Yakzz Team

Yaks of the PA Wilds

Chris, William, and Willy Wilcox
1196 West Hill RoadCovington, PA 16917
570-659-5344
570-404-3941

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“Domesticated, full blood yaks are a cross between the wild yak and various local domestic cattle breeds surrounding the Himalayan Mountains.” —IYAK.ORG


Appearance
Yaks have handlebar horns, shoulder humps, horse-like tails and long shaggy skirts that nearly touch the ground.
They can reach 20 or more years of age.
Females average 600-800 pounds and 4.5 feet tall at the hump.
Bulls average 1200-1500 pounds, but can reach over 1600 pounds.
Bulls can stand 6.5 feet tall at the hump.
Yaks are a member of the bovine family.

Uses
Meat: Delicious, heart-healthy alternative to beef and bison. Yak meat has twice the protein and half the fat of skinless chicken breast.
Learn more about yak meat...
Fiber: Comparable to cashmere or angora. The downy undercoat sheds in the spring and can be processed, while the course ‘guard hair’ can be used to weave ropes and belts.
Learn more about yak fiber...
Milk:  Very rich; perfect choice for exceptional cheeses, butter and yogurt.


Care
Yaks do not require special fencing; standard 4-wire barbed wire is sufficient.
They are cold hardy and disease resistant.
Birthing is easy—calves only weigh about 30 pounds.
Yaks eat only about ½ the amount of forage that a commercial cow eats.

 

Links

www.IYAK.org

www.EATYAK.com

www.THEYAKRANCH.com