Is Yak's Milk Pink? Trivial Tuesday
In Tibet, Nepal, and Mongolia, yaks are raised for their milk and to be used as beasts of burden. They use the yak milk much as we use cow's milk -- to make butter, yogurt, and cheese. The cheese is called chhurpi in Tibet and Nepal, and byaslag in Mongolia. The butter is used to make butter tea which Tibetans drink in massive amounts.
So, is the milk pink? Yes, for a short time after a calf is born the milk is tinged with a touch of blood. This early milk is called beastings. It contains more protein than regular milk. Eventually, though, the milk returns to the standard white or bluish-white color of regular milk. Therefore the answer is also no, the milk used for human consumption is not pink.
Laurie Kay Olson
Animal News Blogger