Yak Dairy - Not just for Yak Butter Tea!

Yak cheese is developing a reputation as a very healthy delight! It is made from the yak's outstanding milk. Averaging 6.5 to 7.0 percent fat (golden colored , NOT PINK,  and with large fat globules), 5.3 percent protein, 4.6 percent lactose and 17.4% percent total dry matter it is about twice as rich as cow's milk.

Right now, we know of no commercial yak dairies and do not offer yak cheese, butter, or milk for sale. Stay tuned on our Facebook Page and Blog for updates


After making this simple batch of yak cheese with the help of our friend Shannon, the whole family was sold on the how great yak cheese is! Check out this interesting video of a yak milking demo for tourists. 


Keep an eye out for these folks as the project develops. Ragya Yak Cheese

Studies by others have shown that certain types of dairy-derived fatty acids, particularly conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), may help fight heart disease, cancer and even diabetes. However, little was know about the fatty acid composition of yak cheese.

In the new study, Brian W. McBride and colleagues compared the fatty acid composition of yak cheese from Nepal with that of cheddar cheese obtained from Canada. They found that levels of CLAs were four times higher in the yak cheese than the dairy cow cheese. Levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are healthy for the heart, were also significantly higher in the yak cheese, the researchers say.

American Chemical Society (2008, March 18). Heart-healthy Yak Cheese. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 2, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080317093858.htm


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