What are the colors of yaks?
There are 5 different colors of Yaks here in the United States. Of course there are many more, but these are the ones found in the U.S.A..
Black Yak: A pure black yak with a Grey Nose
Imperial Yak: A pure black yak with a Black nose
Trim Yak: A yak that is mostly black that has a touch of white on the forehead, feet, and/or tip of the tail.
Royal Yak: A yak that is a mix of white and black or white and gold. The white normally starts from the back end and makes it way forward.
Golden Yak: A yak that has a golden, honey brown color. Very rare, as the gene that creates this color is recessive.
How does this effect the value?
Black and Black Trim Yaks are your most common yaks in the United States. There are more of these than any other color out there. Because of this, they are normally used for meat and have a lower price range.
Imperial and Royal Yaks are not as common as Black and Trim Yaks, but are not the most rare either. They are second from the top in color when it comes to population. Imperial Yaks are also used for meat, but also hold value for being a pet and show animal. But if you really want a shining diamond for shows, Royal Yaks are the way to go. Because of their unique coloring, Royal Yaks are your most common pet and show animal. Both Imperial and Black Royal Yaks are in the medium price range.
Golden Yaks are your most unique and rare Yaks. There are only about 50 Golden Yaks in the United States with more than 90% of those being right here at DELYAKS. Golden Yaks have a rare recessive gene that makes them a rare and valuable animal. On average, Golden yaks produce better wool characteristics than black yaks. They are in the high price range.
Any Yak can be used for a meat, pet or show animal, whether it is a Black, Imperial, Trim, Royal or Golden Yak. Your job is to find out what you want to do and how you want to do it.
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Picture of a Black Yak
(Grey Nose Black)
Picture of a Trim Yak
Picture of a Imperial Yak
(Black Nose Black)
Picture of a Black Royal Yak
Picture of a Golden Yak
Picture of a Golden Royal Yak