The total population of Yakutian cow (purebred indigenous species) is as low as 2500 heads.
More than 2,000 inhabit in Eveno-Bytantaysky National District (the Arctic Zone of Yakutia, Siberia / Russia).
Cattle is lead to ponds even at -50C and there were no one got udder frostbitten.
A purebred Yakutian cow might provide up to 2236 litre of milk a year. Its milk’s average fat content is about 5.6 %. Some cow might have even 11%. To compare, here is the fact. The average fatness of Kholmogorsky cows’ milk is 3.7 % only.
A Yakutian cow’s big distinguishing feature is that it can acquire adipose weight pretty fast in the course of the short pasture season.
1.5-y.o. bull-calf’s weight can be as high as 300 kg.
Yakutian cow meat is remarkable for its available fat layers between muscles. It is juicy, delicate, soft and tasty-flavoured.
The story was shared by Alexey Tolstyakov.
Photo by Svetlana Nikolaenko, of Ust Nera.