The Indian Council for Agricultural Research-National Research Centre on Yak has established a first-of-its-kind parlour for Yalk milk in Nyukmadung village, Arunachal Pradesh.
- Nyukmadung Dairy is located at the farm of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research-National Research Centre on Yak.
- The farm in the West Kameng district is about 25 km from Dirang, where the yak research centre is situated.
- Objective is to make yak farming more remunerative by making yak milk and its diverse derivatives popular.
- The yak (Poephagus grunniens) is the lifeline of highland ethnic communities living in the Himalayan and trans-Himalayan regions.
- It is found on the heights of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, and Ladakh.
- The animal sustains the livelihood of the highlanders by yielding milk, meat, fibre, hide, and dung apart from being used for transportation.
- Yak milk and milk products are the integral components of the diet of these highland communities thriving in an extremely hypoxic and harsh environment without vitamin and mineral supplements.
- Yak milk is creamy white, thick, sweetish, fragrant, and richer in protein, fat, lactose, minerals, and total solids than cow milk.