Ostrich has found a place on the world's menu, delivering red meat flavor with two-thirds less fat! Already a popular menu item at upscale American and European restaurants, ostrich is poised to become "the premier red meat of the next century," says The National Culinary Review. The reason is simple. . . no meat combines the flavor, versatility and nutritional benefits of ostrich.

Now available throughout the United States, ostrich is passing the test of consumer acceptance. Easily prepared by the homemaker, it still allows fine chefs to demonstrate their culinary skill. Ostrich is similar in taste, texture and appearance to beef. And it's comparable to beef in iron and protein content. But ostrich has less than half the fat of chicken and two-thirds less fat than beef and pork. And ostrich beats the competition with fewer calories, too. That's why ostrich is the choice of health-conscious consumers who refuse to sacrifice flavor. See our nutritional comparison chart for all the specifics.

Ostrich . . .

is low-fat, with 2/3 less fat than beef and 1/2 the fat of chicken.
is low-calorie, with fewer calories than beef, chicken or turkey.
is a red meat, comparable to beef in iron content.
is tender, tastes similar to beef and has a unique appeal for the epicure.
is a healthy alternative to traditional meats.
can be easily substituted in favorite recipes and provides variety in our menus.
rivals other meats in taste, texture and ease of preparation

Ostriches are the largest existing bird, adults stand 7 to 9 feet tall and weigh 300 to 400 pounds. They can reach speeds of 35 to 45 mph for 20 minutes and can see several miles in the distance. Ostriches, as with all animals, must be treated with respect. Most birds are calm and docile, except during breeding season. These are the only birds with 2 toes and with unique feathers that are superior in dust collection abilities.

The life expectancy of an ostrich is about 70 years and they can produce 35 to 40 years as breeders. Roosters reach maturity at 2 to 5 years, while hens mature at 2 to 4 years. The 3 to 4 pound eggs incubate for 42 days yielding chicks standing 10 to 12 inches at hatch, growing at a rate of one foot per month for 6 or 7 months. Hens can lay every other day and average about 35 to 45 eggs per season, (generally March through September) with reports of hens laying more than 100 eggs per season.

Ostriches need only 3 to 5 pounds daily of quality commercial or farm produced feed. One bird will produce 100 to 125 pounds of meat, 12 to 16 square feet of hide and 2 to 4 pounds of feathers. Ostriches are classified as livestock in Iowa, as in many other states.

Striegel Acres offers a variety of cuts of ostrich meat and breeder birds for sale. Please contact us to get more information on the meats and/or birds for sale.

Source: Iowa Ostrich Association

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