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The development of ratite production through continued research

This paper summarises research on farmed ratites and their industries over the past 100 years. Commercial ratite products include meat, skins, feathers and oil.


Research on ratites has attempted to enhance the quantity and quality of these products by focusing on the disciplines of breeding and genetics, reproduction and incubation, assisted reproduction, nutrition and animal welfare. Advances in these disciplines are discussed, and directions for future research are provided.

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S.W.P. Cloete, T.S. Brand, L. Hoffman, Z. Brand, A. Engelbrecht, M. Bonato, P.C. Glatz and I.A. Malecki

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