The emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae): a review of its biology and commercial products
Author: Sales, James
Source: Avian and Poultry Biology Reviews, Volume 18, Number 1, July 2007, pp. 1-20(20)
Widely distributed throughout the Australian continent, the emu has been hunted by man for thousands of years. Emu farming for oil, meat and skins, both inside and outside Australia, has been seen as feasible from the end of the 1980s. This paper reviews the basic biology of the emu with emphasis on breeding and nutrition before then describing the main commercial products of this species. It is concluded that the emu industry is hampered by a lack of clinical validation of the value of the oil, high costs of production, and inadequate market outlets.