Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is here. Not the wine, but the real thing, the birds. It is the national bird of
Emus may look a bit shaggy but are really cute. And very active. They seem to play to the gallery. Whenever someone goes near the pen, the birds run around, do a bit of dance, and then come and stand near the visitor as if to ask ‘how do you like it?’ There was worry as to how they would withstand the monsoon at Olavipe, which was particularly heavy this year, but the birds came through well.
These birds can adapt to different climatic conditions, from low temperatures to hot locations and can thrive on even lands that are not suited for cultivation. Emu farming is not labor intensive and is compatible with other livestock rearing. The birds are also said to be highly disease resistant. Being heavy eaters, emus consume a lot of plants, and insects like crickets, caterpillars and grasshoppers. The food is supplemented with grain. The life span of the birds is 10-20 years.
Emus are grown commercially mainly for meat, which is low fat and low cholesterol. Almost 95 % of the birds are used for different products. Even the egg shells from which carvings and jewelry are made. And the eggs are beautiful, dark green and about the size of 15 chicken eggs. See the photo by my nephew
For information on emu farming, you can contact:
Central Poultry Development Organisation
Ministry Of Agriculture, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying
Aarey Milk Colony, Mumbai - 400 065
Telefax : 91-22-26858515 Telephone:91-22-26858572.
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
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