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Chinese researchers breed first hornless yaks in Qinghai

By Ma Jingna | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-07-11 18:12
The newly-bred hornless yaks live in the Datong Yak Breeding Farm, Northwest China's Qinghai province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A Chinese research team has managed to breed the first hornless yak – an Adan yak in Northwest China's Qinghai province - after over 20 years' research.

The successful breeding news was announced a few days ago by a team of experts from the Lanzhou Institute of Husbandry and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Datong Yak Breeding Farm, which co-started the research in 1993.

Yaks with horns can hurt each other and damage shelters and facilities in large-scale intensive breeding, said Yan Ping, the leading expert on the research team.

However, the Adan yak, named after 4,380-meter-high Adan Mountain that looms over the Datong Yak Breeding Farm, are hornless and more docile, which makes them easier to raise and feed in stalls.

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