Mogilev Region’s first ostrich farm, based in the village of Sobolevka in Klimovichi District, intends to buy an incubator, Pridneprovskaya Poultry Farm Vice Director Anatoli Shebov told Interfax.
The ostrich farm is affiliated with Pridneprovskaya Poultry Farm based in the suburbs of Mogilev. The newly-hatched ostrich-breeding farm appeared on the premises of a former poultry farm.
“To develop further, the state-run ostrich breeding farm, which opened in Mogilev Region last year, needs an incubator,” the vice director said.
Since the time the farm was launched seven months ago, the ostrich farm population has grown from 60 to 160 heads, including 35 parents (15 cocks and 20 hens, 115 head of young underage birds.
At the moment, they are negotiating a contract with a Polish producer to purchase an ostrich incubator.
The official confirmed, the Sobolevka farm’s hens are expected to produce at least 500 heads of young ostriches next year. With a little help from the Belarusian Poultry Concern, they are also planning to purchase another 1,000 heads of young ostriches for fattening.
The ostriches have already started laying eggs, which are marketed locally at BYR 28,000 a piece (an ostrich egg weighs 1.5-2 kilos on average).
Ostrich farming is almost waste-free, the expert said. Ostrich meat sells at BYR 40 thousand by the kilo. Ostrich fat, skin, feathers, eggs and claws are also well-selling market commodities. Ostrich claws are hard enough to be used for abrasive materials in polishing diamonds. A kilo of such claws can be sold at the market for an amazing $70,000.
Ostriches easily endure the winter, are not choosy about fodder and need less veterinary care. They are also less prone to diseases typically found in other farm animal species. For instance, they are immune to bird and mad cow disease.