Episode 113- Emu Farm   addthis
The hawk can be described as majestic. The swan, graceful. The egret, elegant. But the emu…Well, let’s say the best word to describe this winged but flightless creature is prehistoric. "Awkward" or "ugly" just might offend Kansas emu farmer Mike Martin.

 

 

Want to know more?
For more information about the 4D Acres Emu Farm, go to
www.4dacres.com

The state of Kansas is ground zero for agri-tourism. Along with the 4D Acres Emu Farm, the town of Louisburg welcomes visitors to its popular fresh cider mill.

For a world of things to on the farm and beyond go to www.travelks.com

Fun Facts
What is an emu? According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, it’s a member of the ratite (RAT-tight) family of flightless birds with small wings and flat breastbones. The ostrich (native to Africa) and rheas (from South America) are members of the same family. The emu is native to Australia.

Emus top out at six feet tall and weigh between 125 and 140 pounds. Rheas are smaller and grow to five feet and no more than 100 pounds. But the ostrich (the tallest bird in the world) grows to seven or eight feet and can weigh up to 400 pounds.

The USDA points out that emus have become the most popular ratite raised in the United States with one million birds grown in at least 43 states by about 10,000 families (3,000 are in Texas).

Ratites are poultry but their flesh is more similar in appearance and taste to beef. Hence, they’re classified as “red” meat. The meat is low in fat and benefits from the addition of herbs, spices, and other flavoring agents when cooking.

Links
Kansas Farm Bureau
Kansas Department of Agriculture

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