GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS MAY 4-12 EMU AWARENESS WEEK
"MONTGOMERY, Ala." A strange looking bird that produces tasty, healthy meat and oil with potential health benefits is creating a flock of new fans in the state.
Gov. Don Siegelman has proclaimed May 4-12 as National Emu Week in Alabama in an attempt to increase consumption of the meat and use of the oil. Emus are flightless birds, similar to ostriches, and were introduced here years ago as a potential way for farmers to diversify their operations.
"Emus produce heart-healthy red meat that is high in protein, low in cholesterol and low in calories," said Raleigh Wilkerson, of the Alabama Farmers Federation. "The oil produced by emus has been used by burn patients and others with serious skin disorders with remarkable results. Patients with bed sores that would not heal reported significant improvements after using emu oil as part of their treatment."
In addition to meat and oil, the bird's hide also is marketable and is used for boots and other soft leather products. For information about emu products and producers in Alabama, contact Wilkerson at 1-800-392-5705, ext. 4221.