The Pennsylvania Emu Farmers' Association (PEFA), an affiliate chapter of the American Emu Association, represents an alternative agricultural industry.
From its beginnings in the late 1980's, the emu farming industry in the United States has experienced tremendous growth and many changes. At a time when rising land prices had already begun making small-scale farming and ranching unprofitable, the idea of emu farming began to appeal to many people. The appeal lay not only in the fact that many birds could be maintained with fairly low overhead on a small acreage, but also because emus were docile, quiet, easy to raise and could produce a number of marketable end products.
PEFA members are the small farmer, devoted to humane and
environmentally positive practices that produce beneficial products for society.
Emus are raised on feed formulated to optimize growth and must have ample room.
to grow. When the bird is processed, the layer of fat is removed and refined
into a safe and stable oil used in cosmetics and health products. The low-fat,
red meat is sold to health conscious consumers.
As the emu industry gained momentum, most farmers evolved into integrated farming operations. A few farmers began the "commercial industry" by marketing emu products and many other farmers enthusiastically promoted the industry as a new agri-business at fairs and farm shows. Much of the initial growth of the industry was due to the work of these individuals.
Committed to sound farming practices, the PA emu farmer continues to work hard each day, bringing consumers quality products to enhance their well-being and their quality of life.
The PA Emu Farmer's Association makes no claims expressed and/or implied
nor does it endorse any specific product.