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AEA National Convention set for July

Discover the birthplace of the Pacific Northwest this summer with the American Emu Association’s 2016 AEA National Convention!

The home of the Hudson Bay, explored by Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago, Vancouver, Washington, is the backdrop for this year’s convention July 8-10.

The locals want you to know that this is the original Vancouver, settled prior to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which is five hours away. Learn more about the area.

Register for the AEA National Convention before June 30 and only pay $150. If you wait until July 1 to register, the cost will be $200 and must be paid at the convention. Check out the registration form.

Attendees of the AEA National Convention are invited to stay at The Heathman Lodge, which is the official site of this year’s convention. You must RSVP your room no later than June 14 to receive the reduced convention rate of $129 per person. Call (888) 475-3100 or (360) 254-3100 to reserve a room and identify that you are with the AEA National Convention.

Portland, Oregon will be your flight destination; Portland International Airport is located 10 minutes away from The Heathman Lodge. Note there is free shuttle service (normally a $15 fee) available to and from the lodge, but you must pre-arrange with the lodge prior to your arrival date. Email shuttle@heathmanlodge.com with your shuttle requests.

This year’s theme is “North by Northwest” and will focus on the increasing demand and rising prices for emu adults and chicks, emu meat, and emu fat and/or oil.

Sessions this year include:

  • Paleontologist Todd Green will talk about ratite anatomy.
  • Ruth Ann Replogle, of Emu Today & Tomorrow magazine, will teach digital marketing strategies.
  • Emu business owners JoAnna Stinar and Joy Reavis will speak about making money in the emu industry and creating a business plan.
  • Larry Lev, an agriculture professor and extension economist with Oregon State University, will talk about understanding local markets and food systems.
  • Emu business owner Jay Winslow will discuss incubation and steps to take for better hatch rates.
  • Megan Schwarting from Kush Creams will talk about the use of emu oil and cannabis in creams.
  • Dr. Mohammad Shahin Alam, head of the oil and fats program at Texas A&M University-Riverside, will speak about emu oil quality and color.

You do not have to be a member of AEA or a resident of the United States to attend this annual emu convention.

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Bolster Your Emu Business

Our goal at Emu Today & Tomorrow is to provide articles on relevant topics today, resources for emu farmers, and access to past issues that are chock full of how-to and educational information about emu feed, fencing and shelter, incubation, hatching and growing, processing, refining, and marketing.

To subscribe to the ET&T magazine and have access to the digital ET&T archives, email info@emutoday.com or call 580-628-2933.

Emu business owners can promote their farms and products through ET&TTo find out more about our new ad packages for the magazine and website, email info@emutoday.com or call 580-628-2933.

Did You Know?

… that the emu is native to Australia and was imported into the United States during 1930 through the late 1950’s as exotic zoo stock. Today, the exportation of live birds and eggs is prohibited from Australia. Exports of processed emu products from Australia, however, are on the rise as emu begins to gain acceptance worldwide for its unique qualities.

… that emus are raised throughout the United States and have adapted to challenging conditions ranging from the frigid winters of North Dakota to the harsh heat of southern Texas. Emus grow to be five to six feet tall and may weigh up to 140 pounds when mature.

… that emus normally breed as pairs. The hen can be productive for as long as 20 years, laying between 20 to 50 eggs in a season. Laying normally begins at two to three years of age, with the season extending from October to April in the United States each year.

… that the emu egg varies in size and color. It is usually dark green, averaging 5 inches long and weighing approximately 600 grams. Artificial incubation is often conducted at a temperature of approximately 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity that varies according to the climate. Average incubation time ranges from 50 to 60 days.

… that emu breeding is one of the fastest growing agri-businesses in the United States. Emus are almost totally useable, yielding the following products:

  • A red meat, similar in taste and appearance to very lean beef, that is lower in cholesterol but higher in protein than beef. About 25-40 pounds of meat can be obtained from a mature bird.
  • A unique, penetrating oil. Five to six liters of oil can be obtained from a single bird. Emu oil has attracted the interest of several national and international cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies. Research is continuing in laboratories nationwide as more uses are identified for this versatile raw product.
  • Approximately eight square feet of hide may be obtained from the adult bird. The tanned body leather is supple and durable, while the reptilian appearance of the leg leather provides striking contrast when selected as a fashion accent. The leather is used in upscale products including boots, belts, luggage, and accessory items.