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So… What is an Emu?
At the dawn of time in aboriginal mythology, the world was shrouded in darkness, for this was the time prior to the creation of the sun. The only light was from distant stars and the moon. Two of earth's primeval creatures--the Emu and the Brolga-began a nocturnal argument about whose future chicks would be more important. As the argument heated up, the Brolga rushed to the emu nest, and grabbing an emu egg hurled it high into the sky.

The shell erupted and the yolk burst forth in flames. The flames ignited the piles of wood that had been gathered by the Sky People, thus creating the sun. It is said that even today the Sky People still gather and burn a pile of dry wood each morning amidst the laughter of the kookaburra.

The Timeless Emu

The emu is a prehistoric bird thought to have roamed the outback of Australia some 80 million years ago. Much like the Native Americans' relationship with the bison, the Aborigines looked upon the emu as the core of their existence. The emu provided them with food, clothing, shelter and spiritual sustenance. Today, this bird of the past is playing a large role in the future of American agriculture.

The emu, the national bird of Australia, is the second largest member of the ratite group of flightless birds. Ratites include the ostrich, the rhea, the cassowary, and the kiwi. Emus are native to Australia and were originally imported to the United States as breeding stock for American zoos. In 1960, the Australian government placed a ban on all emu exportation which is still in effect today. Growing in popularity, emus are quickly becoming today's alternative livestock for the American farmer. The best part of emu ranching is the bird. The emu provides a storehouse of commercially attractive products.

Penetrating Oil

Each emu can yield an average of 5 to 6 liters of deep-penetrating natural oil. This complex, primitive oil, properly rendered, is non-toxic, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory. It is an excellent moisturizer and emollient, soothing and softening the skin.

Long known for its healing and penetrating properties, emu oil is well suited for cosmetic and pharmaceuticals. For thousands of years, the Aborigines have used the oil in the treatment of muscle aches, sore joints, inflammation and swelling. Today, the oil can be found from the family medicine cabinet to the professional sports training room. Emu oil helps to build healthy skin, and in burn creams, helps to calm the tissue beneath burned skin and restore elasticity.

Additional oil applications include skin and hair care products, sun screens, and perfumes. Because of the primitive nature of the oil, important university and private research is currently underway to fully determine the oil's benefits and applications. The potential of emu oil is virtually untapped at this time.

Gourmet Meat

According to a Food Marketing Institute Report, over 60% of the U.S. consumers are currently seeking healthier diets. But they don't want to sacrifice taste. Emu meat fills the bill for this growing market. Emu is a very lean (97% fat free) red meat, similar to beef, in both taste and appearance. It is higher in vitamins, calcium and iron than beef, and lower in cholesterol than chicken. Since emu can be raised naturally the meat contains no chemical additives or preservatives. Emu meat gives red meat lovers what they want and health-conscious consumers what they need.

Fashion Leather

Emu leather is perfect for designer apparel, handbags, boots and other accessories. It is an exceptionally durable, beautifully detailed, very supple, breathable leather. One hundred percent of the emu body hide has an attractive full-quilled pattern. The surface visually shimmers due to the raised imprints left from the feather follicle structure. Emu leather has the ability to accept and enhance any color dye.

Courtesy of the American Emu Association


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