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Learn about Yak farming on the “roof of the world” in Tibet

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Yak cow is the treasure of Tibetan people

Unlike raise cows Typically in other countries, yaks are much more different and unique. Here, let’s learn about Yak cow farming – a very famous symbol in this Tibetan plateau.

Yak cow – noble treasure of the Tibetan people

yak beef is very precious
People hang cow’s head bones

Yak cow is not only a livestock that provides meat and fur but also associated with the spiritual life of the people here. Raising Yak cows is both a food source, a means of transportation, and a unique cultural feature of the Tibetan people. Yak cows are even worshiped by Tibetans, when they die people often hang their heads in their homes.

Yak cow is an animal whose every part can squeeze out money. Raising Yak cows can provide meat and milk, fur for clothes, bones for rosaries and jewelry.

Even, cow dung Yak is also very valuable. Yak dung is often used to build walls, as raw materials for cooking. In particular, Yak cow dung does not have a bad smell, but on the contrary, has a pleasant and fragrant smell. Yak cow dung is fragrant because they eat clean vegetables, drink melted snow from the Himalayas, some people even say they can eat Cordyceps.

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Yak cow dung has many uses

Yak cow dung not only has material value but also brings spiritual value. Tibetans often decorate cow dung on the walls of their houses to show their status. The more manure, the more cows, and Yak cows are very precious. If you are treated by people here with food prepared using cow dung, it shows that people love you very much.

How do Tibetans raise Yak cows?

Yak cows live in harsh climates

With the weight of the male nearly 600kg, the female 300kg, in the wild, Yak cows are even heavier up to 1000kg. Impressed by the large horns, thick fur covering the back and abdomen, Yak cows can withstand harsh cold climates up to minus 40 degrees Celsius.

Raising Yak cows by dividing the cows and dividing the pasture

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Good pasture division for the process of raising cows

Grazing is the main breeding method when raising Yak cows. Tibetans often divide cows according to age, sex, growth ability and other factors to be able to raise cows efficiently. Raising children together is forbidden, because bullying may occur.

In addition, they also divide the grassland according to the change of weather. In the summer, the grassland must have a certain height, cool, and clean water. In winter, the grasslands are lower, which can avoid wind and rain.

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Build a barn to raise cows

Yak cattle can be built using natural materials or even cow dung. Depending on local conditions, building a cow shed is reasonable. Must ensure durability for cows.

Strengthening feed management when raising Yak . cows

Feeding Yak cows additionally in the cold season because in this season the grass cannot meet the needs of food and nutrition. During supplemental feeding, depending on weather conditions such as blizzards, cold weather, supplementary feed should be adjusted appropriately to meet nutritional requirements for the growth of Yak cows.

Taking care of calves

Calves usually get their nutrients from their mother’s milk. After two weeks calves can feed themselves. At this time, feed less forage, after 3 months gradually increase the amount of forage, after 6 months should wean the calves to ensure the cow’s condition. After weaning, increase nutrition for calves and mother cows.

Disease control when raising Yak . cows

Although Yak cows are large and can withstand extreme cold climates, they can still get sick. Yak cows must be vaccinated every year, in the process of raising cows, if there are sick children, they must be isolated immediately and disinfected and disinfected the barn.

Prospects of Yak . Cattle Breeding

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Prospects when raising Yak . cows

The price of Yak beef is more expensive than regular meat because Yak beef is more delicious and environmentally friendly. Yak beef is rich in amino acids and proteins, and has a low fat content.

People can earn extra income from selling clothes made from cow hair, jewelry made from cow bones, etc.

However, the growth rate when raising Yak cows is quite slow, it usually takes 4 years to release the barn. However, with the continuous progress in livestock production, people have found ways to increase production speed.

Above is my understanding of Yak cow farming in Tibet, hope to bring useful information to you.

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Emilia Chaney
Emilia Chaney
My name is Emilia Chaney. I'm a social girl from Romania with a big smile and 3 passions: Agriculture, Travel and Social Media. I try to make this blog practical, full of great advice and inspiring ideas.

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