Yaks are a long-haired cousin of cattle. They are found throughout the Himalaya region of southern Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau, and as far north as Mongolia and Russia. Most yaks are domesticated. However there are small populations of wild yaks in these regions.
Yaks diverged from cattle millions of years ago. There is some suggestion that they may be closely related to Bison.
Thousands of years ago yaks were domesticated primarily for their milk, fiber, and meat. Their dried poop is an important fuel in Tibet, and often is the only fuel available on the high treeless plateaus.
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Breeds of YaksThere are the following breeds of Yaks: