Southern Emu director Wayne Piltz, Moorok, who farms emus with son Darryn, has been in the emu industry for more than two decades and said it has been through some tumultuous times.
“I was involved in the initial build-up in the early to mid 1990s,” he said. “At that stage there were more than 100 farms. I found out last year that I’m the only licensed emu farm left in SA.”
They have 600 birds on the property, with about 28 hectares fenced into emu pens.
“This year we might hatch 600 chicks if we know we have the markets for them,” he said.
He has selected breeders, which can each produce up to eight eggs at a time.
Emus build up fat supplies in spring and summer ahead of their breeding season from March to June.
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Emu farming helps to protect our environment. The Emu is native to Australia and can live in harmony with our land, thus reducing the chemical dependence and land clearance needed for introduced species. The Emu is the largest of all Australian birds, it cannot fly, and can run at speeds of 48 kms per hour.