|Emu are one of the fastest growing livestock industries in
North America. Raising Emu offers a High rate of return
on investment. They are very tough, hardy birds that adapt well to most
climates and conditions.
Docile, curious and easily managed, Emu do not generally show any
aggression to humans, even in the breeding season.
Emu do not require elaborate housing and do well in modified older farm
buildings or shelters.
Emu do not require prime farm land to be raised. Marginal land not suited
for crops can be utilized. Fifty to sixty birds per acre is acceptable. Emu
ranching is an efficient, environmentally conscious way to raise livestock.
Emu are not as labour intensive as other traditional livestock. Emu can
be raised as an additional farm enterprise to what is currently being done.
Retired or semi-retired people can easily manage a good sized breeding
Emu are excellent converters. 2.5 lbs of feed to 1 lb of gain. Adult Emu
consume on average 1.5 - 1.75 lbs. of feed per day. Commercial feeds are
readily available at a cost of approx. $140 per year per bird.
Emu are 95% usable. Products include Meat
(a low fat and cholesterol red meat), Oil
(a highly penetrating, non-toxic moisturizer), Leather (a soft,
supple, durable hide with a very distinctive quill pattern, used for the
high fashion industry in products such as jackets, boots, belts, gloves, and
accessories), Feathers (designer evening vests, hats and trim, fishing
lures, and high tech environments for delicate cleaning),
Eggshells and Claws (can be carved into
jewelry and decorative items).
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