Alternative agriculture/livestock has come into its own in the last few years. Farmers have found the need to diversify as a buffer against traditional crops/livestock having a downturn. They already have land and facilities, so they look for new options for their use. The ratite (flightless birds, such as ostrich, emurhea) industry filled this niche several years ago.

Those who enter the breeder's market when demand is high and supply scarce get premium prices for their breeding stock.  As the animals become more available the market changes often making owing the animals more affordable.  When investing in animals it is a good idea to educate yourself by reading breed specific material (excellent books and magazines are available *seebelow), searching the internet, talking to experienced breeders, joining local breed organizations, and visiting several farms.  This will help you know if the market is stable, if your facilities are adequate, and if indeed you are interested in every aspect of raising these animals including personality, upkeep, facility and fencing needs, veterinary care, etc.

Breeds such as deer, reindeer, meat goats (Boer, Kiko,Myotonic), and other rare or primitive breeds offer avenues of diversifying.

The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, but they cannot compare with the pinions and feathers of the stork.  She lays her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the sand, unmindful that a foot may crush them, that some wild animals may trample them.  She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares not that her labor was in vain, for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good sense.  Yet when she spreads her feathers to run, she laughs at horse and rider.  Job 39:13-18

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Scenes of the changing face of agriculture!!!


God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds, and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:25