High Country Critters

Breeders since 2001! IYAK registered, NO Hybrids, tame & gentle yaks

Yukalaylee at just 2yrs. old

Yukalaylee at just 2yrs. old

Yukalaylee A031 IYAK Reg Yukalaylee's grandpa Sherpa at 14yrs. old

Sherpa grand daughter, goes back to C001

PY1 Yuka-lay-lee A031 (at HCC)

Yak, Cow (female) | Royal

IYAK - Foundation# A031 | DOB: 6/12/2013 (7 yrs)

PY1 (HCC) Yuki Q027
HPY Maya P036

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Yuka-lay-lee was another 'must have' after we lost her grandpa Sherpa H100 in 2012 and desperately wanted to keep his lines going. There is a very special story behind her date of birth, how we got her and her name.

*Yuka-lay-lee was born 6/12/13 in Ridgeway CO, but to us we will always remember it as the first day of the horrible........ Black Forest Fire in CO......... that came within 1/4mi. of our ranch.

*Yuka-lay-lee's breeder was Patty McNall with Pattyyaks. (Her herd sire Yuki Q027 was born here in 2007 and had become a well known breeding bull). Patty and DeGrey had become very good friends of ours and we'd see them often. Over the years I had made lots of yak sales for Patty and in return she wanted to give me a heifer calf that would continue Sherpa's bloodlines.

* The name Yuka-lay-lee came from #1...her sire is Yuki, #2 Patty herself was raised in Hawaii (home of the ukulele). We picked up our precious Yuka-lay-lee in Oc.t and later that month Patty was involved in a horrible horse riding accident with multiple head injuries. She was in the hospital for 6 weeks and just as we all thought she was going home, she died on Christmas day 2013.

Patty had a good friend named Yunice York, I made the comment that Yuka-lay-lee's first heifer calf would be named Yunice. Well it happened 5/16/18...we had our Yunice of York just for Patty!

Note; Yuka's pedigree goes back to Sargent Pepper and Queen Allante...both who were original imports from Canada and Sargent was the first yak ever registered with IYAK (C001)

Updated 5/14/2020


Bull calf DOB 4-26-20, DNA & IYAK Reg.
Bull Calf (male)Under 1 yrRoyal
Herd Bull in the Making
Bull (male)1 yrRoyal
Not for Sale
a sweet curious boy, the dogs love him
Bull Calf (male)1 yrRoyal