We retired from our management jobs in Victoria and
moved to a beautiful farming community in the
Cowichan Valley where we are close to our children
and their growing families.
In an endeavour to live a healthy country life we paid more attention to what we eat and how we take care of our bodies. This led us to the amazing world of emu birds. Over the last eight years we have built an emu "farm to finish" business. It includes hatching and raising emu chicks, growing out emu juveniles until 16-18 months old and harvesting meat and highly prized emu oil. The meat is sold to Buddies Natural Pet Food as it is ideal for pets looking to achieve a low fat diet and/or prone to heart issues, or allergies to poultry, beef, etc. One of our main customers for the health promoting oil is locally based e3naturals.com. Carla and Craig use our oil in their health and skin care products. We are members of the American Emu Association and share farming practices with many of their farmers/ranchers. There is not at this time an equivalent association in Canada. Responsible emu farmers ensure feed quality, adherence to biosecurity husbandry practices and ethical processing procedures. This is an exciting farm enterprise and can be profitable on as small a farm as 2 acres (see our Blog and Growing Emu Farmers pages). We are very willing to share our business plan that includes farm design, feed economies and processing opportunities. You can email us on the Contact Us page with your questions.
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