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Elk Meat Production

ELK MEAT AND NUTRITIONAL VALUES

     Elk meat is known for tastiness.   Many of your finest restaurants serve expensive elk dishes. Unfortunately, here in the U.S. real elk meat is rare and, in fact, is usually imported, frozen New Zealand elk-red deer hybrid. Most domestic elk are too valuable for breeding, hence only lesser cutting velvet bulls go to the meat market. This precludes a rapid short-term growth of the meat market.

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     Nutritionally, elk meat is superior to most other animal meats. Lower fat and cholesterol suggest that elk will have a good future with the "Boomers".   You can learn more about the Nutrition of Elk meat by Clicking here.

     Special trimmed meat cuts sell for $10 to $20 per pound while hanging weight may bring $3 to $5 per pound. Unfortunately, this translates to a retail price above what the average U.S. consumer finds acceptable today.   Hanging weights average perhaps 400 - 500 pounds for a bull and 250 - 350 pounds for a cow.   Young animals (<3 years old) are preferred.   About 60 percent of the live animal is usable.
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      Some experts believe that over 250,000 animals must be present before a meat market can thrive  effort to help create a steady meat industry here in the U.S.    Recently, NAEBA has embarked upon an

     Currently, less than 150,000 domestic elk are in North America, including Canada, most for breeding stock.   At least 8 or 10 years will pass before enough animals will be available for meat slaughter and these will likely be only those with poorer velvet genes.

     An offshoot of the meat market is the Asianís desire for various elk products from a butchered animal, tails, pelts, hooves, internal organs, etc.   

     Although a ready market is not now available, undoubtedly it will develop as more animals are slaughtered.
                                                                                                              

                                                             

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