The producing area for Qilian yaks is Qilian county, which is located in the relatively closed Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Qilian county covers 14,000 square kilometers with 11,800 sq km of pasture land.
Qilian yaks are mainly raised in alpine regions over 3,500 km in altitude through traditional nomadic herding methods.
The meat of Qilian yaks contains a variety of essential trace elements for the human body such as zine, iron and selenium. The meat also has high protein, low fat, and a wide range of amino acids, making of high-quality and tasty, and giving it thicker muscle fibers, a dark red color, and less odor than beef.