The most common questions that I am asked by deer and elk producers have to do with whether these animals must be inspected in order for the meat to be sold within the state, nationally or around the world.
The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection . . . → Read More: Venison Inspection Requirements
Venison production is a growing industry. Many deer farmers are producing a wide range of carcass weights and conformation. Most of the farmers producing poor meat animals are unaware of the improvements available to them, or how to measure and achieve their goals.
In a consumer-driven industry, production systems must be adjusted continuously to . . . → Read More: Venison Grading and Classification
Over the last year or so, I have been helping the local bison and elk associations to obtain funding to undertake marketing campaigns to sell their bison and elk meat.
Here are some of the things that these associations have been doing that have proven to be successful. These strategies and activities should be . . . → Read More: Strategies for Deer and Elk Venison Promotion
Venison on Plate
Until our deer herds increase significantly, venison marketing will have to be carried out by individual deer farmers or groups of deer farmers. Venison is a premium product and will do best if targeted at the high-end restaurant market.
At the NADeFA conference, chef Kurt Fleischfresser gave the . . . → Read More: Selling Elk and Deer Venison to Chefs
I have never met a farmer who asked for quality assurance or said he liked it – in fact most would probably say they hate assurance and can’t see the point in it. So why do it? After all, producers are the ones who pay for it, both through inspection . . . → Read More: Quality Assurance in Farmed Deer and Elk Venison
Origin of Livestock
Livestock products that are to be sold, labeled, or represented as organic must be from livestock under continuous organic management from the last third of gestation.
Livestock used as breeder stock may be brought from a non-organic operation onto an organic operation at any time: provided that, if such livestock are . . . → Read More: Organic Standards for Deer and Elk Venison