Ratites (RAT-tites) are a world-wide family of flightless birds that include the African Ostrich, Australian Emu and South American Rhea. All three species are now being raised on Tennessee farms. These birds produce high quality meat, oil, leather and feathers. Ratite meat is low in fat and cholesterol, high in iron and protein, and very tender. The leather from ostriches is strong with distinct feather quill marks. Skins are manufactured into wallets, handbags, shoes, belts, briefcases, upholstery and small portions of garments such as shoulder pads, vests and jackets.
For More Information:
Livestock Marketing Specialist
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Market Development Division
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 837-5309 or wendy.sneed@TN.gov