Ostrich farming is a relatively new business in the United States. However, because of increased demand in the ostrich products including its lean red meat, oil, leather and feathers, more and more business-minded Americans are looking into the potential of the industry. Here are a few tips that will help you start up your own ostrich selling business.
Know the ins and outs of the ostrich industry. Ostrich farming can be lucrative for those who know the ins and outs of the industry. Firstly, there is a lack of ostrich farmers in the United States. Some would look at this as an opportunity for cornering a market that demands for a high output of ostrich products. Meanwhile, others would interpret this as a disadvantage as the lack of ostrich breeders may translate to a lack of practical knowledge in the industry. However you may take it, it is important to note that getting into the ostrich farming business would mean encountering a new and unique set of problems quite apart from those faced by cattle, chicken and swine breeders. This being said, it is imperative that you get yourself acquainted with everything concerning the ostrich industry – from the laws governing the trade, to breeding, to transporting, to selling of various ostrich products.
Gear up for the huge expenses ahead. Raising a pair of ostriches will necessitate a third of an acre of land. A modest start up would be breeding three pairs, so that would mean at least an acre of land for your fowls. You’ll need to fence out the whole area as well so add in the cost for the materials and labor for this particular job. A healthy pair suitable for breeding would cost at least $50,000. Feeds, electricity and running water, hired farm hands, veterinarian retainer fee are some of the running costs in a typical ostrich breeding farm.
Get connected with individuals and associations with similar endeavors. In this relatively young industry, it is important that you network with individuals and associations who are into ostrich breeding and selling as well. Not only will you get valuable information and observe the best practices, but get to have a support group you can approach in case some problems you’re totally unfamiliar with come up. Networking with these like-minded individuals will also pave the way to knowing the reliable buyers of ostrich products in and around the United States.
The demand for ostrich products is very great especially in the U.S., London and France. And what better way to look for buyers from around the globe but with your modest personal computer and trusty Internet connection.