Friday, February 08, 2013

Emu oil puts the big birds back in play as livestock

A mob of Montana emus (NYT photo by Tony Demin)
Emu ranching, which never became widely popular because Americans couldn't enticed to eat the meat, is coming back because they are increasingly using the fat found under the skin of the huge, flightless birds.

"Processed and rubbed into a person’s skin, the oil is hailed as a treatment for wrinkles, burns, acne, arthritis, psoriasis and eczema, among other things," Jim Robbins writes for The New York Times from Hamilton, Mont. "It is used in shampoo and cosmetics. Taken orally, it is used to treat cholesterol, symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and allergies. A single bird produces 250 ounces of oil, and the Quinns sell it for $10 an ounce, subtracting the refining costs."

“It’s been an enormous factor” in profitability, Clover Quinn, operator of the Wild Rose Emu Ranch, told Robbins. He reports, "The leading emu oil processor, LB Processors, has seen production grow in the last few years to 7,000 gallons a year from 3,000 gallons." (Read more)

1 comment:

Clover Quinn said...


Thanks for picking up the article and mentioning us in your blog. We appreciate the exposure and I'd be more than happy to discuss our operation, products, and the benefits emus bring to the industry.


Clover Quinn
Wild Rose Emu Ranch