2021 - Volume #45, Issue #4, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Couple Found Success With Emus
The Quinns started producing emu as a meat enterprise because emu meat is lean and highly nutritious. They also knew emu oil from a bird’s 25 lbs. of backfat contains healing properties. It moisturizes skin, reduces inflamation and pain, and relieves itching.
“In addition to 30 lbs. of meat and the valuable oil, emu eggs can be eaten, painted or carved. Emu feathers can be used in flower arrangements and are coveted by fishermen for tying flies. And emu leather, which is soft and supple, can be used for pillows, vests, purses and other objects,” says Clover.
What she didn’t anticipate when they entered the business was how raising emus would transform her life, giving her purpose and experiences “that I never would have dreamed of,” she says. In 1999, Clover was sent to Russia to help two farms learn about raising emus. In 2007 she hosted the National Emu Convention in Missoula, and in 2008, she was invited to the White House as the Montana producer who’d present a decorated Easter egg to First Lady Laura Bush. “Those were all adventures I wouldn’t have had except for raising emus,” she says.
Over the years the Quinns have tried many promotion ideas to sell meat and emu oil products. Two of Clover’s favorites have been farmer’s markets and hosting tours of the ranch. “Nothing is more fun than helping busloads of children learn about emus as they tour the ranch.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wild Rose Emu Ranch, 284 Rose Lane, Hamilton, Mont. 59840 (ph 406 363 1710; www.wildroseemuranch.com).
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