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What is an Emu?
This is an Emu (pronounced E-moo if you are from the United States or E-mew if you are Australian). My birds were hatched in the states, so we call them E-moo. Poe-ta-toe, Poe-tat-o, tater - make your own choice.
Dromaius Novaehollandiae is comprised of three subspecies which are interbreeding in the wild as well as on farms. These are Dromaius novaehollandiae novaehollandiae, Dromaius novaehollandiae woodwardi and Dromaius novaehollandiae rothschildi.
The emu is originally from Australia and is in the ratite family of
birds. There are only 5 birds in the ratite family, the ostrich, emu, cassowary,
rhea and kiwi. Ratite is from the Latin meaning raft. This is because of
their breastbone, which is flat. There is no breast meat like on a chicken,
which has a keel type breastbone. Because of this flat breastbone, ratites do not fly. They have no muscles
to support the wings.
Emus have 3 color stages. It begins with stripes, from the time it's
hatched, till it reaches 3 months of age. By the time it's 4 months
old it will be a chocolate brown. At 1 year it will
begin to change color again, with the neck losing feathers.
Ok, you've got an animal that is productive for over 25 years, if you take care of it. Let's say that instead of 32 offspring, it produces 20 per year. It requires very little space. You can raise 50 emu where you can raise one calf. So you're thinking, ok, so what? What can you do with it?
Currently, emu farming is 'farm to fork'. That means that the farmer raises the bird, arranges the processing and production of products, then sells the products. These products include:
If you're interested in learning more about Emu Ranching, take a look at our
Farm Information pages, if you have more questions, contact us by using our
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