CASPER, Wyo. — The Star Yak Ranch, owned by entrepreneur and social media star Jeffree Star, announced on Wednesday that more land has been purchased for expansion of the ranch.
“We are so excited to announce that we just added 80 more acres to the #StarYakRanch,” the Star Yak Ranch said via Facebook. “That’s over 500 acres of yak heaven now and we couldn’t be happier!”
Star has said he thinks that yaks are “fascinating creatures.”
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“I have my own growing family of them and it’s been amazing to bond and spend time with such majestic animals,” he said in an Instagram post in July.
One of Star’s yaks is pregnant. A yak he calls “Snowflake” is due to give birth in November, Star said via Twitter on July 26.
Star has said that he thinks yaks are “very smart” and able to recognize their own names.
“I’m in love with their spirit,” he said in the July Instagram post. “I’ve been filming the process of creating my ranch and can’t wait to share more with you all soon!”
Star isn’t the only person raising yaks in the Casper area. Other ranches raising yaks include “Casper Creek Yaks” in Casper, “Yak Daddy Ranch” in Buffalo, and “Prairie Wind Yaks” in the Casper area.
At Casper Creek Yaks, the Cutright family works to halter train and imprint yaks to form attachments with people, a process which begins when they are a week old.
he International Yak Association says that “yaks are multipurpose animals” that can offer an alternative to beef and bison.
In 2018, Two yaks were spotted strolling around Grant Street in downtown Casper before Metro Animal Shelter employees came and gathered them since livestock aren’t allowed within city limits.
Yaks were also the center of attention during the Wyoming Legislature’s 2021 General Session when the House of Representatives were debating House Bill 52, legislation to ensure funding for a school protein enhancement program.
The legislation, which ultimately passed the legislature and was signed into law by Governor Mark Gordon, directs the Wyoming Department of Education to set aside $25,000 per year for grants available to school districts to help cover processing fees of “Wyoming poultry, lamb, pork, beef and bison used in school meals.”
Speaker of the House Eric Barlow (Campbell, Converse County) noted during debate on the bill that yaks were not included among the list of animals which could be donated toward school lunches.
“A yak is a bovine so they would be included,” House Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Chair John Eklund (Laramie, Goshen County) said in response to this question.
Star said on social media in April that he plans to open a fulfillment center in Casper and that he has hired an unspecified number of local employees. In a June video, he said some people would be moving from California to Wyoming to work for some of his businesses.
Two businesses under Jeffree Star’s name have been filed with the Wyoming Secretary of State: Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Inc. and Jeffree Star Pets, LLC.
Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Inc. was filed on Jan. 7, 2021. The LLC was filed on Sept. 4, 2020. The principle addresses of the businesses are in Chatsworth, California.