- The provincial government is providing assistance of Rs10,000 per ostrich bird with an objective to ensure promotion of protein rich, low-fat meat and economic uplift of farmers in Punjab. Initially, 5,000 ostrich birds will be registered for the purpose. More on the Express Tribune, Pakistan…
- The Punjab government is providing assistance of Rs10,000 against per bird Ostrich with an objective to ensure promotion of protein rich, low fat meat and economic uplift of farmers, in the province. Initially, 5000 ostrich birds are being registered for this purpose, said focal person Livestock department Multan Dr Majid while talking to APP on Sunday. More on Pakistan Observer…
- A documentary regarding Ostrich Farming can be viewed using the Link on Livestock Punjab Youtube Channel. More on Livestockpunjab.gov.pk
Use low temperature and moisture when roasting. Ideal internal temperature when a roast is ready is 160 ° F.
Ostrich meat has no bones and no shrinkage. It is suggested to brown both sides over high heat (broil, fry, BBQ) and then continue cooking over lower heat until you get it the way you like it.
Ostrich meat is the new super food/ Low Carb Meal…
Ostrich Fillets & Steaks – Having little or no fat they can easily dry out. Best served rare to medium rare. Fry in a little oil, quickly sealing the meat each side and then cook for approx 2-3 minutes each side and allow to rest before serving. Alternatively, wrap in tin foil with a little butter (optional) and put in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes on a medium heat.
Oslinc Tip – Marinade with lemon juice or balsamic vinegar or red wine for 2 – 4 hours, then simply pan fry for 2 to 3 minutes each side in a drizzle of olive oil.
Ostrich Stir-fry – Virtually no fat so the meat cooks quicker and shrinks less during cooking. Stir-fry with your favourite ingredients but for half the time of beef or chicken.
Ostrich Diced Steak – Use your favourite beef or lamb recipe but since Ostrich Meat cooks quicker and shrinks less during cooking, reduce the amount of Ostrich meat in a beef recipe by 20% and shorten the cooking time by 30 – 50%.
Ostrich Mince – Ideal for Cottage Pie, Lasagne, Spaghetti Bolognese, Chilli Con Carne etc. The delicate taste of the meat absorbs flavours so much better that beef or lamb, making a tastier family meal, lower in fat too.
Ostrich Meatballs – Cook thoroughly, pan fry or oven bake.
Ostrich Sausages – Cook thoroughly. A low fat, high meat content sausage. Can be pan fried or slowly oven roasted. Grilled or BBQ use the lowest heat possible so not to dry them out.
Ostrich Burgers – Cook thoroughly. Ideal for frying, grilling, roasting or BBQ. To oven bake, pre heat over to 200 C, place on baking tray and cook for approx 20 minutes turning half way through cooking. For healthy grills i.e. George Foreman they will take between 6 and 7 minutes. Grilling or BBQ use lowest heat possible and cook slowly.
Ostrich Eggs – Due to the fact the eggs do vary in size the following Cooking tips are only a guideline:
To boil – place the egg in a large pan of cold water, when the water starts to boil time the egg for 45 minutes for soft boiled 1 hour for hard boiled (a french stick makes a great solider!)
Storage – store in a cool dry place or in the fridge
To blow – Drill one 10mm hole in the bottom of the egg using a multi-purpose drill bit (if you stick a small amount of tape on the egg where you are going to drill the hole this will help stop the drill bit from sliding about). Once you have drilled the hole use a metal skewer to break up the egg inside, then shake the contents out into a bowl. Wash the egg shell out thoroughly with disinfectant and put on display. The egg can be used for omelettes, scrambled eggs or for baking.
Ostrich farming may sound like an unusual career, but it can make the right person a nice profit. It also serves as a great conversation starter at parties. All you need to run a successful ostrich farm is a good product for your region, research on the right breed and age and time to make sure your ostriches are raised right.
Decide the Focus of Your Farm
Ostriches present a number of farming options. You can sell meat, which is low in cholesterol and calories, eggs or even ostrich hide or leather. You can also raise ostriches and sell breeding pairs. Research the state where you’re going to raise your ostriches and figure out which product does the best in that state. For example, in North Carolina you’ll have a better market for selling breeding pairs than you would for selling eggs or meat.
Pick the Right Age and Breed
To run a successful ostrich farm, research the age and breed of ostrich that’s best for your business. For example, eggs and chicks are the cheapest to purchase. However, they take two years to fully mature and can be very fragile. Juveniles or yearlings, on the other hand, cost a little more to purchase, but you can ensure that they’re healthy and higher quality. Your last option is to buy fully mature breeding pairs. This is the most expensive option, but they can start producing eggs immediately. While picking the age, make sure you also choose the right breed. For example, the Blue Neck is a large ostrich, but Hybrid Blues lay better eggs. Red Necks are a smaller ostriches and thus a little easier to handle.
Creating the Right Facility
Having the right facility is essential to a successful ostrich farm. Adult ostriches are hardy, and as long as they have enough space, 6-foot-high fences and sturdy protection against extreme weather, they can do fine in almost any climate. A farm of 100 ostriches, for example, might need 12 acres of land. Chicks and eggs are a completely different story. You need to protect them from predators and make sure they never get wet. The temperature should be kept steady at recommended levels for the chicks’ ages.
Domesticating Your Ostriches
One secret to a successful farm is domesticating your ostriches. Spend a lot of time handling your chicks in order to make sure they’re tame and calm around people. Wild ostriches will be very hard to handle as adults and will make your farm operation much more difficult. Tame ostriches are also less likely to be injured. This means that when the ostriches are chicks you should hand feed them every day. Train them to follow you by trailing pellets or lettuce.
Costs & Returns
- Breeding trio will cost between £1,200 – £1,500 (young females which are proven layers and fertile males are worth £400 – £500 each)
- Fencing and suitable accommodation also required
- Incubator (48 egg @ £1,250 to 252 eggs @ £4,200)
For each breeding trio:
- Feed & forage ~ £320
- Vet & med & miscellaneous ~£40
- For meat birds (per bird): Slaughter @ ~£40 per bird
- Feed & forage ~£90
- Vet & med & miscellaneous ~£13
- Meat wholesale £3 – £5 per kg
- Meat retail £8 – £13 per kg
- Skin £35 – £120 per bird
- Day old chicks £10 – £15
- 3-6 month chick £25 – £35
- Fertile eggs for incubation £5 – £10
- Infertile eggs for cooking and crafts ~£4
1. Ostrich skin (hide) is considered to be one of the most luxurious leathers, and some even place it on a par with crocodile and snake skin. Ostrich leather is thick, durable and extremely soft and can be manufactured into a variety of products, such as shoes, bags, purses and jackets.
2. An Ostrich with its 40 or so chicks annually can produce 50 sqm of hide, as compared to 2.7sqm produced by a cow.