The farming business, like other businesses, is now becoming more environmentally friendly in nature. Farmers have always been the keepers and champions of the environment because their livelihood comes from the natural resources that they conserve. Farmers are organizing and focusing on getting the word out about their practices and products. Ostritch or ostrich farming is no exception.
Ostriches are subsist from all natural feed and are free roaming livestock. They require little handling once they reach four months of age and are actually recognized as an environmentally friendly animal. They have a good feed to weight ratio of 2/1 early in life. This maxes out at only 4/1 during their normal feeding period. The benefits of ostrich farming to humans are considerable: less maintenance and feed.
Ostriches are farmed in over 100 countries. They are in cold winter climates of Norway, Sweden, and Alaska, to warm weather countries of Brazil, Zaire, and Indonesia. They breed well in a warm climate, and climate extremes do affect the breeding cycle.
Feedstuffs like alfalfa, corn, soybeans, and wheat are staple foods for an ostrich. Like all livestock, a supply of fresh, clean water is a necessity. Mature ostriches drink about 2 gallons of water daily.
The environmental benefits, the excellent feed gain ratio, and ease of breeding make commercial ostrich farming an often successful venture. However, ostrich farmers, especially in new markets have failed to find suitable market sources to sell their produce. For example, ostrich and emu farming caught on in the southern U.S. and farmers everywhere where raising these large birds. However, over time and a lack of demand for their product made this venture a loss for most farmers. Many of them released their birds to fend for themselves.