Licensed, commercial emu farming in Western Australia is now five years old.
This year, 13,500 birds will be processed for their meat, skin and oil. Production has exceeded demand at prices which the industry considers fair because the industry is still developing marketd for these producys.
Without secure, long term markets, over-production will worsen as the turn-off in this State increases and emus become available from other Australian states and overseas.
The Department of Agriculture is assisting the industry to develop a viable industry.
Frapple, Paul and Hagan, Ruth
"Taking the emu to market,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 33
, Article 2.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol33/iss3/2