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The Ostrich Feather Boas

In 1885 the town of Oudtshoorn was declared the ostrich capital of the world due to ostrich feather sales. Feathers were known as ‘white gold’ and were sold in Europe for the same price of gold. Today ostrich feathers make up approximately 6% of the total income of the ostrich industry but there are still…

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Breeding Ostriches

There are generally two methods of rearing to choose from which the ostrich farmers employ – one is called the trio-system and the other is called the flock-system. The trio-system is where you put two females and one male in an enclosed camp of approximately half a hectare in size.  They will have a nest and we go…

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Ostrich meat and its benefits

  The medical practitioners and dieticians are recommending ostrich meat as the best choice for red meat lovers. Ostrich meat is lower in kilojoules, saturated fats and cholesterol than chicken. Ostrich meat is also high in iron and therefor benefit people with an active lifestyle. Although ostrich meat has fat, its collects outside the muscle and…

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The Malachite Sunbird

Oudtshoorn, situated in the Klein Karoo, will always be associated with the world’s largest bird, the Ostrich, but it is also home to a great variety of other birds. The focus today is the beautiful Malachite Sunbird also called the green Sugarbird. The Malachite Sunbird is a small nectivorous bird found from the highlands of…