Our Livestock Raising Principles
Our domestic yaks are raised in accordance with free-range and naturally-raised standards. They forage year-round on wheat stubble, grass-seeded fields, or the surrounding natural grasses. They are supplemented with cut alfalfa and grasses, grain mixes, protein blocks, and blocks of salt with essential minerals. They are fed nothing artificial. They receive standard veterinarian care and vaccinations to protect their health. The yaks never receive antibiotic-supplemented feed or hormones. They have year-round access to fresh, clean well-water. They love the cold, rain, and snow. During the heat of the summer, they are sheltered from the direct desert sun.
Advantages of Yak Meat (compared to beef)
Yak meat has more protein.
Yak meat contains only 3% to 5% fat compared to 7% to 15% for beef.
Yak meat is 35% higher in fats that are good for us: omega 3 oils, conjugated linoleic acids, oleic acids, and stearic acids.
Yak meat has 30% less palmitic acid (a fat that is bad for us) compared to beef.
Pound for pound, yak meat is lower in calories than beef, bison, elk, or chicken!
Yak meat is mild and tender. It looks and tastes like beef . . . but is a much healthier choice.
Ease of Raising Yaks (compared to beef cattle)
Yaks eat 2/3 less than beef cattle due to their efficient metabolism. Therefore, a larger herd of yaks can be supported on a given amount of forage.
Yaks are gentler on fences.
Yaks do not graze the grass as close to the ground.
The birthing process is much easier because of the relatively smaller size of their calves (35 pounds).
Yaks are more cold-hardy and more resistant to diseases.
Yaks do not require an expensive high grain diet just prior to slaughter that beef cattle need.
We have several varieties of domestic yaks that are readily identified by the color of their hair and noses. Ours include:
Blacks with all black hair and gray noses
Royals with black and white piebald hair and pink noses
Trims with black hair and white marking on the head, feet, or tail and gray noses
Goldens with reddish-tint hair and brown noses.
Any customer can be assured that the livestock purchased from the Hang Belly Ranch are healthy, quality animals. We offer the following options:
Male and female calves
Breeding or pregnant cows
Young steers for you to raise for slaughter
Mature steers for immediate slaughter
A half or quarter of a slaughtered market-sized yak (when we are able to find other interested buyers with whom to divide up the yak).