The 2021 NWSS has been canceled due to COVID-19. 


USYAKS Yak Show Dates: The show will be during the final week of the NWSS as usual. We are seeing if we can arrive a day early so the show will be Wednesday – Saturday (January 20-23). Otherwise, it will probably be Thursday – Saturday (January 21-23.). All of this depends on the scheduling of other breeds using the stockyards. We will let you know the exact days as soon as the NWSS Livestock Show staff has set up the final schedule for the stockyards.

Facilities: The arena we have used in the past has been taken down as have all the old pens. We will be in new pens and if the new arena hasn’t been completed we will show in an outside area.

What the USYAKS show will look like: The following are the latest proposals/descriptions the Board is finalizing for the Fiber Show and the Pen Evaluation part of the show. This is all in draft form – days of the week referred to may change depending on the actual show date.





The USYAKS Fiber Committee Invites Members to Enter Their Fiber Arts Creations At The 2022 USYAKS Fiber Show!

Next year in 2022, USYAKS will be highlighting yak fiber, whose value and superior quality have for too long been
overlooked. Yak fiber and fiber arts will be on display and featured front and center at the 2022 National Western
Stock Show in Denver. The Fiber Arts Show will highlight not only fiber arts, such as yarns, felting, knitted/crocheted

items, weaving, etc., but will also feature artists demonstrating their skills in fiber arts.

Fiber Show Classes include the following:



Age Classes

1. Less than 12 months old on 2022 NWSS Entry Deadline
2. 12 months old or more on 2022 NWSS Entry Deadline


Fiber Arts


Finished Items Classes: may be wearable, home goods, utilitarian, etc.

1. Knit
2. Crochet
3. Felting
4. Weaving

Yarn Classes: Must be displayed in like manner, for example, as a hank and not in a ball or twisted skein

1. Mill spun
2. Hand spun
3. Spinnable fiber: Roving, batt, rolag, etc.


Entry Fees:



  • $15 per animal

Fiber Arts


  • $15 per item for people who do not bring animals to the USYAKS show

  • $5 per item for people who do bring animals and show them in the USYAKS show

Rules & Regs:


  • No grooming products are to be used on the animal prior to fiber judging.

  • The judge will be the only one collecting fiber. Owners will not be permitted to collect fiber

  • Yaks must be haltered and tied for collection

  • The number of people in the pen for fiber collection will be limited to the judge(s) and assistant(s), yak owner

General Information


  • Entries for fiber arts must have a description of item on a 3 x 5 card that includes the following


  • Fiber origin (100% yak or percentage blend with other fibers)

  • Whether the product is hand spun or mill spun

  • Method of creation (knit/crocheted, hook/needles, loom, etc.)


  • All fiber and fiber arts products entered in competition must be at least 50% yak fiber

  • Fiber Arts Products may also be brought in for display or sale as well as for competition USYAKS will receive 3% from sales by USYAKS members and 5% from non-members


Keep checking in for additional information as it becomes available.

If you have questions, please email Una Taylor, Chair of the Fiber Committee:



Pen Show

USYAKS Yak Evaluation

Why an Evaluation?


An evaluation program provides owners and breeders an opportunity to gain
information about the strengths and weaknesses of an individual yak and to make informed
choices when selecting quality breeding stock or verifying the caliber of using stock. There are
two parts to the Evaluation Program:

1. Evaluation of Conformation/Movement/Temperament

2. Evaluation of Fiber Quality and Quantity (results from fiber show will be used
for this portion)

- would it be possible to get a portable chute for hard to hand animals so that more could participate in the fiber show?

How is it different from a typical pen show?

• instead of competing against another yak, an animal is scored against what the
ideal characteristics of a yak are
• Linear scoring is a method of recording characteristics on a scale from one extreme end of the scale to the other extreme. The desired characteristics of any one yak may differ according to the intended use of the animal. Some may want a solid meat producer, or some may want yak with fantastic fiber, while others prefer to have animals that will produce offspring that will excel at both. Some may also want to produce docile sound yak for trekking. The linear scoring method is designed to identify aspects of conformation and performance on a continuum from one extreme to the other.

- the hope is to gather a collection of pictures of both desirable and undesirable characteristics to educate members and to display at the event
- these pictures would show one extreme to another
- will need help from members to gather such pictures
- pictures should be general, the animal should not be identifiable

• The linear scoring method is also intended to help owners, breeders, and buyers learn to see for themselves how well a yak conforms to the standard and to identify characteristics that may be important for the intended use of the


- Owner must be an USYAKS Member

- Animal must be registered with USYAKS

- Animal must be entered into an USYAKS show


- Overall Conformation (These are the guidelines from last year, they may need to be
tweaked to conform to the Linear Scoring mention above)

Conformation: (74 possible points)


General Physical Appearance: (8 pts)

Desirable: Healthy, Lean, Robust, Well Proportioned

Undesirable: Unhealthy, skinny, fat

Head: (8 pts)

Desirable: Thick Forehead of moderate width, wide nose

Undesirable: Extended Horse-like face, Short bull-dog-like face

Neck: (8 pts)

Desirable: Strong, well muscled

Undesirable: Weak, poorly proportioned

Hump: (8 pts)

Desirable: Moderate size, not extending far along the back

Undesirable: Small hump or so large as to be detrimental to meat value

Shoulders: (8 pts)

Desirable: Prominent and well muscled

Undesirable: Weak

Chest: (8 pts)

Desirable: Broad chest leading to a wide stance

Undesirable: Narrow chest and narrow stance

Back: (8 pts)

Desirable: Broad and long with prominent muscling

Undesirable: Hollow, weak, narrow

Hind-Quarters: (5 pts)

Desirable: Female hind-quarters are slightly higher than the rest of the back, males less so; downward slope over the rump

Undesirable: flat topline as in cattle, pointed hips


Legs/Feet: (8 pts)

Desirable: Well developed forequarters, short hooves, back legs well set and balanced, moderate cow hock, moderate sickle hock.

Undesirable: nonexistent or excessive cow hock, nonexistent or excessive sickle hock, overly straight or overly weak pasterns.

Horns: (5 pts)

Desirable: Bull horns have a thick base and females less thick, Horn set is symmetrical, horn tips curve backward slightly as yak ages

Undesirable: lack of symmetry, thin horns, flat or downward sloping horns.

Coat: (18pts possible)

Face: (3 pts)


Desirable: Full jowl, Coat is thicker at the top of the head and lessens in thickness toward the nose

Undesirable: Excessive hair covering the eyes

Mane: (3 pts)


Desirable: Thick mane with long hair

Undesirable: little or no mane

Front Legs/Chaps: (3 pts)


Desirable: Long guard hair

Undesirable: little or no chaps

Skirt: (4 pts)

Desirable: Long guard hair forming an even fringe for the entire length of the animal

Undesirable: Little or no skirt (in adults), uneven skirt

Rear Legs: (2 pts)


Desirable: Long guard hair Undesirable: Guard hair not apparent

Tail: (3 pts)


Desirable: Long thick horse-like tail extending to the length of the skirt
Undesirable: short or stubby tail, thin tail, cow-like

Disposition: (8 pts)

Desirable: Non-aggressive and not nervous, easily managed

Undesirable: Aggressive, nervous, belligerent, not manageable

- Fiber Scores will come from Fiber Show


- Ribbons


After completing the conformation portion of the evaluation, the following ribbons will be given to yaks according to the scores they received (every yak entered will get a ribbon unless they are such poor quality they do not qualify):

Blue-Very Good to Excellent for example those scoring between 100%-90%
Red-Average to Good 89%-80%
Yellow-Below Average 79%-70%

* scoring needs to decided what would fit into each

In order to get a complete evaluation of a yak the fiber quality is also important. Therefore members can submit official fiber show scores from the show and will be awarded;

Blue-Very Good to Excellent for example those scoring between 100%-90%
Red-Average to Good 89%-80%
Yellow-Below Average 79%-70%

The combined scores from the pen evaluation and fiber show will then be combined to give a
complete evaluation of the animal. Medallions and/or certificates could be given, for different

Gold - top level of combined score TBD
Silver - Middle level TBD
Bronze - Lower level TBD

- An evaluation certificate could be created and sent to owners along with a
copy of the evaluation scores
-Scores should be added to the database as part of the animals record

- The hope is to eventually add offspring awards to Sires and Dams.


  • The Evaluation process also qualifies yak to receive an offspring award for recognition of the quality of a yak’s offspring. A ribbon will be awarded, and the award will be noted in the yak’s online registration file. To qualify the yak must meet the following requirements:

1. The yak must have offspring that are evaluated at an USYAKS show. These offspring must be evaluated in Conformation/Movement and in Performance and have received a Blue or Red ribbon.

2. The qualifying yak’s owner must be a member of the USYAKS and in good standing with USYAKS.

3. The owner of the yak must notify the Registrar if the owner has a yak that qualifies for this award.



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