Tuesday, February 28, 2012

ostrich farms

Interesting Facts About Ostrich Farming

Decorative feathers, delicious and nutritious meat and strong, attractive leather are just some of the reasons to consider the lucrative business of ostrich farming. It can also be an aid for healthier eating habits.
Ostrich farming is currently conducted in over 100 countries across the world. From cold climates such as Alaska and Sweden to equatorial countries like Brazil and Indonesia, ostriches are being raised as livestock with high yields. Because of its hardy nature, virtually any area is adaptable for the ostrich. Its feathers provide great protection with their insulating abilities; keeping the bird cool in hot climates and warm in colder areas. Humidity does present a problem, not with the adults but with the chicks which are highly susceptible to diseases that can be present in those conditions.

There are several reasons why ostrich farming can be a good investment. One breeding pair of ostriches is capable of producing up to 40 chicks per year. One healthy male can breed with up to three females during the same season. The incubation time of the ostrich eggs is only 42 days, so it is conceivable that your flock of birds can multiply exponentially in the best of conditions.
Another reason many people consider the business of ostrich farming is that the meat and hide of ostriches are in great demand. The cost of raising ostriches is much less than that of many livestock, because the ostrich is a free range animal that requires virtually no care after the age of 4 to 5 months. Feeding the birds is a much lower investment than feeding livestock, as the weight gain is greater with less feed for the ostriches.
Yet another benefit of ostrich farming is that you don't need a great deal of land to get started. For a pair of ostriches, only 1/3 of an acre is needed for them to roam; ½ acre for a trio of birds. They do not require shade, so open land is perfect for them. A free water source is vital, however; ostriches require 1.5 gallons of water per day. These birds spend about 75% of daylight hours feeding. Green grasses and pelleted feed make up the diets of the birds, with most of their minerals and nutrients found in a good palletized food.
In ostrich farming, there is very little waste when the birds are slaughtered. This means more bang for the buck. The meat goes to distributors, the hide to leather producers, the feet to the Asian markets as an aphrodisiac, the feathers to automobile distributors as paint aids and the eyes are purchased by research clinics that study human cataracts.
There are many positive reasons to begin ostrich farming, including the profits from selling the meat, hide and other parts of the bird. It can be a rewarding venture as well; knowing that supplying a healthier product can result in healthier eating habits.
Read about male goose, female goose, goose facts, ferret facts, ferret hunting, ferret food and other information at the Interesting Animals website.


How to Draw an Ostrich

African native Ostrich is one of the largest flightless birds. It belongs to the Struthionidae family and is the only extant species of its kind. Despite heavy bodies (63 to 133 kilograms), ostriches are exceptionally good runners due to their strong legs. Their land speed is approximately 70 kilometers an hour, which is by far the highest record for any bird. Ostriches are known for their soft, multi-layered feathers that hold air inside and provide excellent insulation. As many as five subspecies of ostriches have been identified that vary in appearance.

Steps to draw ostrich: From artistic consideration, drawing an ostrich is not a very complex task, except defining the plumage. The following steps will guide you on the process:
• Model picture: The first step is to get a reference image of the bird that you wish to draw. It is convenient to browse through the internet as you can get a broad range to choose from. You may look for other options, like books, periodicals, journals, and newspapers also.
• Framework: The basic geometrical drawing of an ostrich does not pose much challenge. A freehand 'S-like' curve should be drawn that traces the structure and length of the body. Represent the head portion with an appropriate sized circle near the upper end of the curve. A large, rounded oval or a circle can be used for the body. Locate the legs by long, straight, or angular lines. Append small ovals at the end of these lines, for the feet.
• Body Structuring: As you refine the shape of the head, extend the beak in a flat, 'V-like' shape. The prominent eyes are placed near the beginning of the beak. For neck, draw lines on the either side of the reference line. Keep track of the thickness of the neck. Draw feathers on the rounded central portion. The legs of an ostrich are particularly strong and thicker than the other long-legged birds. Its feet have two toes of varying sizes. The primary toe has a curved nail. Its skin around the lower leg is ridged in a parallel fashion in the front.
• Color and Shading: It is a matter of preference whether you wish to create a pencil work or a color drawing.
Both entail detailed shading effects, especially on the central body. The Southern Ostrich has grayish-brown colored feathers and similarly colored body. The North African Red-necked Ostrich has pink to reddish head, neck, and feet. Its feathers in males are primarily black in color, while brown in the case of females. The Masai Ostrich has pink body with black & white feathers and brown tails. The Somali Ostrich has bluish grey bodies. The males have black plumes with white tails, while the females have deeper brown feathers.
Annette Labedzki received her BFA at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She has more than 25 years experience. She is the founder and developer of an online art gallery featuring original art from all over the world. Please visit the website at http://www.Labedzki-Art.com It is a great site for art collectors to buy original art. Artists can join for free and their image upload is unlimited.

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Ostrich Feathers

Ostrich feathers have being used since ancient times. They were used in Egypt by Cleopatra and King Tutankhamen in ornamentation and fans. In Rome they were used by roman officers in their headgear to indicate their rank. Today these feathers are used in centerpieces in wedding ceremonies and other events like baby shower, bridal shower, birthday party, confirmation, communion, corporate event, engagement, family reunion, high school prom, graduation, school reunion, sweet sixteen, or New Years Eve party etc.

Ostrich feathers are available in many different colors like black, gray, gold, orange, red, pink, yellow, fuchsia, magenta, burgundy, blue, navy, teal, turquoise, purple, Kelly green, emerald, forest, lime, rose, lavender, royal, mint, peach and cream. Ostrich feathers or drabs make very elegant centerpieces.
With Ostrich plumes we can also make very soft dusters. They are also used for cleaning purposes as they have natural oil in them which attract dust particles and hold on dust particles. These dusters last long after long frequent use. They easily clean dust without pressing hard. Also these dusters can be easily cleaned after their use with a mild soap or shampoo. Also if possible use lukewarm water to clean it and then leave it overnight or use a hairdryer to dry it. Also store them at room temperature so that they last long as humidity can damage them. These dusters can be used to clean knickknacks, glass, electronics, furniture etc.
We can make quiet eye catchy feather tress with ostrich feathers and can use bright, colorful and dyed feathers. Theses feathers comes in 5 inches to 30 inches of length and natural colors in which they are available are brown, gray, white and black and also we can dye them to achieve the color of our choice. Dying an ostrich feather is also not a tedious job and this can be done at home only by following simple steps.
1. First of all choose the dye according to your taste whether you want any vibrant color or want a subtle look.
2. Take a big container filled with water and cook the ingredients until their colors are released and place the feathers into the water without bending them. Let the feathers soak the color and let them get darker than the color you want because once they are dried the color will lighten.
3. Take the feathers out of the container and in order to dry the feathers use a hairdryer with lowest settings so that you do not scorch them with direct heat and after that pat them with a towel to get off moisture as much as possible.
4. Now place them on a newspaper and put dry starch on them and after sometime shake the feathers one by one or tap them against table edge or any other edge to get starch out of them. This will give fluffiness to the feathers.
Not only fashion designers are using natural color or dyed ostrich feathers in their dresses but now these feathers are liked by many women and are used by them to add grace to their dresses, hairstyles and give them an elegant look.
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ostrich eggs

Common and Uncommon Edible Eggs

Eggs have always been a popular delicious and nutritious food. When most people think of eggs, they think of eggs that come from a chicken. Commercially produced chicken eggs are used more often than any other type of egg and are the eggs that people will find the most in supermarkets. Although, the chicken egg is the most common egg sold, there are a wide variety of different types of eggs that are edible and tasty.

Duck Eggs: These eggs are a little larger than chicken eggs. Duck eggs contain more flavor than chicken eggs, but they have a higher level of fat. The egg white has a higher level of albumen than the chicken egg. The duck eggs available on the market are large.
Quail Eggs: These eggs are much smaller than chicken eggs, but are similar in flavor. The shells are speckled and their color varies from dark brown to blue or white. Quail eggs are commonly hard boiled and used as an appetizer or as a hors d'oeuvre.
Goose Eggs: The goose egg is larger than chicken or duck eggs. Goose eggs are very high in fat and cholesterol. They are very rich and are often used in desserts.
Turkey Eggs: The turkey eggs are much like the chicken eggs, but are larger. They are also similar in flavor. The shell colors can be white to cream with brown speckles. They are usually found in specialty markets. They are very high in cholesterol and fat.
Ostrich Eggs: One ostrich egg is equal to 20 to 24 large chicken eggs. They are mainly sold for their uniqueness. They are often used in omelets and as scrambled eggs.
Other edible eggs include Pigeon, Pheasant, and Emu. As well, there are also eggs from fish such as Salmon, Sturgeon, Cod, Shaker, Whitefish, and Hake
Two methods of acquiring eggs that are growing in popularity are Organic Eggs and Free Range Eggs. Organic eggs are produced from hens that have been given all natural feed that do not contain any pesticides or herbicides. Free-range eggs are eggs produced by hens that have been raised outdoors. Eggs are called free-range if the hens have daily access to the outdoors.
Eggs are so popular because they are a cheap and healthy food that can be made into a variety of meals such as hardboiled, coddled, shirred, omelet, frittata, soft-boiled, scrambled, fried, and poached. They are also used as a key ingredient in many food dishes.
The egg is a very nutritional food enjoyed by most people. They contain a high amount of protein and a number of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. The egg is a source of all the B vitamins. It is a primary source of vitamins B12 and B2 (riboflavin). The egg is also an important source of vitamins A and D. A medium egg has an energy value of 78 kilocalories. The fat in an egg is found mostly in the yolk.
When eaten in moderation, eggs make a substantial contribution to a healthy diet.
These edible eggs are great for breakfast because of their high nutritional value. You can experiment by using some of these eggs in an easy recipe for any meal of the day.

ostrich egg

Personal Growth and the Ostrich Egg

It was hot that summer, hotter than four kids from the chilly Pacific Northwest could comprehend. Our dad had gotten a math scholarship for six weeks in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, so he and Mom had piled all us kids into the Volkswagen van and headed off cross country to a planet very unlike our own.
It was way too hot to play outside, so every day we escaped to the air-conditioned shopping center across the street. Malls were not yet ubiquitous, seemed jammed full of mystical treasures, and our parents let us go over unchaperoned! - the immensity of this freedom was almost inconceivable to us.

The most magical treat of all was right inside the front door: an aquarium that held six chicken eggs and a gigantic four-pounder from an ostrich. Listed on the pedestal below were the dates they were expected to hatch. It was only a matter of weeks, but in the time frame of children, forever. We waited every single day that summer for those eggs to hatch, and every single day we would run over to the mall to see if it was time yet. Waiting, waiting, we waited -- and not too patiently.
The ostrich egg turned out to be a dud. But every one of us, my brother and sisters and I, remember the best day of the summer as the one when we arrived and the chickens were finally hatching. We city kids watched the natural miracle as they pecked their way out of their shells, all wet and squeaking. We found out it wasn't all sanitized, Disney-fied as we'd been led to expect by the cartoons where adorable baby chicks burst out of their shells spotless and downy. It took untold effort for them to facilitate their own births, and one chick was all bloody from being cut by its shell.
I often recount this story for my patients who are grappling with why it all hurts so much. The way of personal and spiritual growth takes untold effort and is often 'bloody.' It doesn't just spring out fully formed because you say a few affirmations or read shelves of self-help books. It's a painful process; there are no two ways about it. "Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding," Kahlil Gibran wrote. Just as in the birth process of the chicks, the pain and struggle involved in the birthing of oneself is not an aberration, but the most natural thing in the world.
© 2011 Catherine Auman
Catherine Auman, MFT is a spiritual psychotherapist and the Director of The Transpersonal Counseling Center in Los Angeles, Calfornia. She has advanced training in both traditional and alternative methodologies based on ancient traditions and wisdom teachings. Visit her online at http://www.catherineauman.com

Monday, February 27, 2012

about ostrich

A Whole Lot of Ostrich Facts

1. Ostriches can not fly.
2. They are native to the African continent.
3. There were once Arabian Ostriches. Unfortunately, they were hunted to extinction in the mid-twentieth century.
4. Ostriches can run at a maximum speed of 45mph (70km/h) making them the fastest two-legged animals in the world.
5. They use their wings like 'rudders' of an airplane to change direction whilst running.

6. It is the largest living bird with males reaching up to 9 feet!
7. Ostriches can weigh up to 130 kilograms (20 stone).
8. The ostrich has a diet of plants and insects.
9. They are group birds. Flocks vary between 5-50 ostriches.
10. If in danger an ostrich will either run away or lay flat on the ground. However, they can also attack with a powerful kick. Strong enough to kill a lion!
11. They do not bury their heads in the sand. This is a myth!
12. Their feathers are used for dusters. The barbules in the feathers act like 'fingers' to collect dust particles.
13. Ostriches have the largest eyes of any land animal. Very useful for spotting predators in the distance. Their eyes are bigger than their brains!
14. They have three stomachs.
15. The ostrich has a lifespan of up to 45 years.
16. In a communal nest, a female ostrich can still spot her own eggs. The dominant female gets to lay her eggs first.
17. The incubation period for their eggs varies between 35-45 days.
18. The bird has ancestry of at least 40 million years. Evidence comes from a fossil found in Europe.
19. Males control a territory of up to 20 square kilometers (8 square miles).
20. Ostriches have no teeth. They swallow pebbles to grind down food in their gizzards. There are around 1kg of pebbles inside an ostrich stomach!
21. Ostriches raised by humans will often try to court them!
22. Apparently, the taste of ostrich meat is similar to beef.
23. In some cultures people have ostrich races where they ride them like horses.
So, there you have it. A whole lot of ostrich facts that you realised you wanted to know!
Written by Gary Mullen from Ostrich Feathers.
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The Wonders of Ostrich Fat And Ostrich Oil

An often overlooked by-product of ostrich farming is the ostrich fat. This is a little-known resource that can easily add value to the slaughtered bird.
Ostrich fat is white in color, and found along the spine of the ostrich, and on the undercarriage of the bird. The deposit on the undercarriage is stored as a thick pad of fat between two layers of gray skin. As with all other animals, the fat layer is a storage place for energy that can be used in times of stress and inclement weather, or when food becomes scarce. It's a reserve.

The amount of fat found on an ostrich is highly variable. Age, seasons, nutrition, stress levels, genetics and more are determining factors in the amount available. However, a significant amount of fat will be found on most slaughtered ostriches. If an ostrich is found with no fat pad at slaughter, the matter needs to be investigated further. Was the bird ill, or stressed? Were there other determining factors, such as was be bullied away from the feeding area? Having no fat pad points at either bad management of problem areas that need to be resolved. Remember that an ostrich that has no fat reserves has no energy reserves for an emergency.
Ostrich fat is useful in both edible and non-edible applications. Some manufacturers use the fat in processed meats like sausages. Some ostrich farming ventures add the rendered ostrich fat to their ostrich feed as an additional source of fats for energy. The ostrich fat has also been used experimentally in pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications.
All testing and experimental use of ostrich oil has been found to date to be variable. The rendered oil has been found to vary too greatly to be of use in these pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries on a commercial-scale. Further development and research will have to be undertaken to provide a stable and consistent quality, to be of any use to these industries. It might require some time to reach these necessary standards in the production of ostrich oil, but it will be well worth the trouble.
Note the emu industry has developed an emu oil industry because emu oil was the primary source of income. For ostriches however, ostrich meat is the primary source of income, followed by ostrich skins and ostrich feathers. Few ostrich farming enterprises have really investigated ostrich fat, except for a few small-sized farms looking at the tourist market.
By keeping up with testing and experimenting with ostrich oil in small-scale, and developing products such as soaps, creams and lotions, we are developing yet new opportunities for our ostrich farming venture to grow.
For more information on ostrich farming, check out this ebook entitled "How to Start An Ostrich Farm"
Alan B. Stables is a freelance writer on alternative agriculture, has organized the World Ostrich Congress in Madrid, Spain in 2005 and has also been a guest speaker in Brazil, China, Egypt, Italy, Latvia and Spain, on how to market ostrich produce for maximum returns. His leaflet "The Information Guide on How To Remove, Store, Transport and Grade Your Ostrich Skins" has become an Ostrich Industry Standard that has been translated and used in many countries today. Alan is also a founding member of the World Ostrich Association.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

ostrich pictures

Establishing Ostrich Farming Revenue Sources

Without established or emerging revenue sources, ostrich farming, as any other business, would cease to exist. The first source of revenue should be established before the venture is undertaken, and then secondary sources of revenue can be sought out as by products become available, or as your own production and processing venture yield extra resources.

It remains a challenge in any new company to generate cash flow throughout the producing and processing phases to make the business not only viable, but successful.
In ostrich farming, the first source of revenue in the early 1990's was seen to be providing the market with breeding ostriches, for emerging ostrich farming ventures to buy. This only remains profitable as a main source of revenue as long as the market is large enough to absorb all the stocks you have available, and that at a profitable price.
To keep up with the new developments in agriculture and technology, farmers have had to branch out into additional revenue sources, and often these new opportunities have become the driving force of their enterprises, and the main source of revenue of selling breeding ostriches has become an additional but secondary revenue source.
Let us look at the different areas of revenue that can be generated by an ostrich farming enterprise.
Revenue firstly comes from one or all of the products coming solely from the ostriches:
Ostrich meat. This can be in the form of fresh meat, frozen meat, biltong, value added meal, offal and bone meal.
Ostrich feathers. Think of single feathers, fashion and utility such as dusters.
Ostrich skins. Sold fresh to a tannery, or as finished leather or even manufactured accessories such as bags, clothing, wallets, purses and belts.
Ostrich eggs. Can be sold as fertilized eggs for incubation, or infertile eggs can be blown and sold empty. Egg shells are sought after by artists and those in the craft industries for carving. Crushed egg shells as a calcium source in feed.
Ostrich fat. can be refined oil for feed, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Live ostriches. Birds ready for slaughter, the sale of chicks at various ages to feedlots or new enterprises, breeders.
Tourism. You can allow groups to visit your farm for educational and sight-seeing tours. Incorporate an ostrich craft shop for extra sales or product and ostrich processed meats.
Additional sources of income can be obtained by providing services. 
  • Incubate eggs for small-scale farmers that do not own an incubator
  • Provide expertise to start-up ventures
  • Slaughter / process birds and /or products for small-scale farmers
  • Provide transportation for small-scale farmers
Whichever of the many available fields you decide to branch into, remember to market and price each area according to market values. If you are producing your own feed, value the feed at market value, and not at cost. Even for the use of only your own ostriches, this should be calculated at market value. Rather show the extra profits as being those of the secondary revenue source of providing feed, than to increase the profit yield of the finished ostriches.
Remember that although each of these areas can be seen as an independent area of revenue gain in your ostrich farming enterprise, they are all interdependent on another, and will build the value and success of your company, if each area is managed profitably.
For more information on ostrich farming, check out this ebook entitled "How to Start An Ostrich Farm".
Alan B. Stables is a freelance writer on alternative agriculture, has organized the World Ostrich Congress in Madrid, Spain in 2005 and has also been a guest speaker in Brazil, China, Egypt, Italy, Latvia and Spain, on how to market ostrich produce for maximum returns. His leaflet "The Information Guide on How To Remove, Store, Transport and Grade Your Ostrich Skins" has become an Ostrich Industry Standard that has been translated and used in many countries today. Alan is also a founding member of the World Ostrich Association.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ostrich meat

The Evolution of Ostrich Meat As a Primary Source of Income to the Ostrich Farmer

Ostrich farming has gone through developmental stages throughout the years, but it has only recently developed ostrich meat as a major source of income.. In the early years, ostriches were kept to ease the harvest of feathers, which were the primary source of revenue at that time. After World War II, the ostrich farming industry underwent a great transition to having the ostrich skins as the primary source of revenue. With the age of better refrigeration, organized cold-chains and a larger, more easily accessed market via better transportation, it has become possible to change the focus once again. That focus is now on ostrich meat as the primary source of revenue.

Let us look at the ostrich meat, and the great market open too it.
Ostrich meat is classified as a red meat. It does not have intra-muscular fat; the fat is all situated in a large pad on the breast, and along the spine. This makes the meat a healthy alternative for those consumers seeking a low-fat alternative to beef or pork.
Most of the meat on an ostrich sits on the legs and thighs. As the ostrich is a flightless bird, the wings are very underdeveloped, therefore giving us very little muscle (meat). However, the breast does have +/- 10 kg (5 lb.) of meat, and the neck is also a favorable cut with a lot of extra meat.
The amount and quality of meat that an ostrich will produce once slaughtered is variable, as with any other livestock. Factors that influence the amount, taste, texture and quality of the meat are:
• The diet
• Management of health
• Diet
• Age
• Genetics
• Feed Conversion Ratio
A good average for a young ostrich at between 200 and 280 days is currently between 110 - 125 kg (50 - 58lb) live weight. Once slaughtered this gives an average of up to 50 kg (25 lb.) boneless meat.
The white ostrich fat is, as previously stated, situated on a thick pad on the underside of the ostrich. Some fat is also situated along the spine, and other clearly defined areas. Ostrich fat is a fat reserve necessary for the well being of the bird. It is a source of energy during times of stress and in the cold months when extra energy is required. This fat is an excellent source of revenue at slaughter.
The carcass bones are also an additional source of revenue. Once dried and ground as bone meal, their value as a feed supplement in many commercial feeds is note worthy.
Ostrich meat is sold as many different cuts, and different regions have their own specialities.
• Fillets
• Steaks
• Stewing cuts
• Roasts
• Biltong (Jerkey)
To name but a few.
Value can be added to the ostrich meat in different ways:
• By the addition of marinades, or vitamin and mineral enhancers
• By certification and grading marks
• By processing
• By vacuum packing
With the constant growth in world populations, and with the development of technology, ostrich meat has a wonderful opportunity to develop further as a constant supplier of meat protein.
For more information on ostrich farming, check out this ebook entitled How to Start An Ostrich Farm.
Alan B. Stables is a freelance writer on alternative agriculture, has organized the World Ostrich Congress in Madrid, Spain in 2005 and has also been a guest speaker in Brazil, China, Egypt, Italy, Latvia and Spain, on how to market ostrich produce for maximum returns. His leaflet "The Information Guide on How To Remove, Store, Transport and Grade Your Ostrich Skins" has become an Ostrich Industry Standard that has been translated and used in many countries today. Alan is also a founding member of the World Ostrich Association.


A Brief History of Ostrich - Biltong

Ostriches have been highly sort after for their feathers, their hides and their meat since Roman times. Unlike chickens you can even use them for pulling carts and racing, which perhaps makes them one of the most truly versatile fowl known to man. Native to Africa the birds were particularly popular in the nineteenth century in the fashion industry, with their feathers being used to adorn all-manner of millinery and clothing. South African Ostriches became so popular as a design feature for the fashionistas of the day that the populations began to decline radically during the 19th century, until with a typically South African spirit of enterprise, and sheer guts, the locals decided to start farming Ostriches commercially. Around this period farmers also spotted their potential as the main ingredient in the nation's favourite snack, biltong.

The trend for fluffy hats lasted a long time, but sadly began to decline shortly after the First World War, leaving a number of farms with large flocks of these birds with attitude on their hands. Unperturbed, the South African farmers found new markets for their unusual produce. It would be hard to describe the birds themselves as 'beautiful' but they certainly have plenty of meat on them. Ostrich meat is also incredibly healthy, low in fat and an excellent source of proteins versus other red meats. Commercial farming for meat has never looked back, and as ostriches are incredibly adaptable, Ostrich farms have sprung up worldwide, even in unexpected places such as Lincolnshire in the UK.
Back in South Africa Ostrich meat has gained rapid popularity as a healthier alternative to beef. Most game is less fatty than beef and other red meats and despite the slowdown in demand for the birds' feathers farmers adapted quickly to produce 'Biltong'. Biltong is a basically an air dried meat, which is pretty much a national dish in South Africa. The earliest European settlers were no stranger to dried and cured meats - it being the only way to get meat to last the long journey from Europe to the furthest reaches of Africa. On arrival in those pre-refrigeration days, biltong proved an ideal way to preserve meat, which was in abundance in the wild. In some respects, South Africa was built on the stuff!
Many cultures can be closely identified with their cuisines. Ostrich meat biltong is not only delicious and healthy, but says something about the very origins and tenacity of modern day South Africa. A mix of European traditions and African scary birds, with some tasteful hats thrown in along the way, ostrich biltong is a unique but very tasty and typically enterprising sample of South African culture.
Biltong is made in the UK to traditional South African recipes. The range includes beef, game and ostrich biltong. This cured meat is considered to be a healthy snack option and its versatility means it can be added to many recipes for a difference.


Ostrich Meat - A Healthy Alternative To Other Red Meats

Ostrich meat is probably one of the best sources of meat protein as it tastes a lot like beef, but contains far fewer calories per serving, and is a healthier alternative to the traditional beef. It is similar to venison and buffalo or bison meat in this regard.

As ostriches are birds, albeit ungainly and flightless, its meat is classed as red poultry, which is strange, but unlike poultry it doesn't attract the bacteria E. coli and salmonella which are responsible for so many cases of food-poisoning. In fact only turkey has fewer calories per serving than ostrich meat. It doesn't add any cholesterol to the body either, and has very little fat. If you buy ground ostrich meat, you will see pieces of 'silver' in it which is there to make it look more like the usual ground meats, but this is not fat, but actually muscle fibres.
I first tasted it in an Australian restaurant in Frankfurt, Germany ten years or so ago and if I hadn't known I'd ordered ostrich I would have thought I was eating a medium rare steak. It is good grilled or fried, but is pink even when thoroughly cooked.
To begin with you may need to use a meat thermometer to tell if your meat is cooked, as it should be a maximum of 165ºF internally when cooked, and then it needs to stand for 8 to 10 minutes before it is served to complete the cooking process and for it to 'settle'. It cooks quicker than beef and other meats because of its lower fat content.
Most ostrich meat that finds its way onto the supermarket shelves is organically reared on farms and if the bird has been fed on flax seeds as part of its diet this could mean that you are getting some Omega-3 fatty acid from this bird, which is sadly lacking in most western diets. When you buy meat from organically reared animals you can be sure that they have not been treated with hormones or antibiotics, which is a huge plus.
Ostrich meat can be roasted, or casseroled, grilled or fried, even stir-fried, and is sweeter and richer than beef which is why some people have likened it to venison. It contains 86 per cent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin B12, 51% of the recommended intake of selenium, which promotes mental well-being, and a quarter of the intake of niacin (B3), B6, phosphorous and zinc as well as also containing some vitamin B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), pantothenic acid (B5), iron, calcium, potassium and copper. These constituents mean that it is very good for the blood, bones and central nervous system.
For a heart-healthy alternative to beef, pork and lamb, try a succulent ostrich steak rather than a burger and get the full flavour of this tasty meat.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

bald eagle

Bald Eagle: Bird of Majesty

Having grown up in the United States, I have seen pictures of bald eagles all my life but I had never seen one. When I went to Alaska recently, I knew this was my chance to see this wonderful bird. Bald eagles are native to North America and live throughout out Canada, the continental United States and northern Mexico but they are especially plentiful in Alaska.

I went to the Chilkoot River where salmon are restricted as they go through a fishing weir and I waited to see my bald eagles. I saw a brown bear mother and two cubs and I saw some sea gulls. Then I heard a whishing in the air and looked up. A bald eagle came flying in and landed thirty feet above my head on the branch of a tree. It was then that I noticed its mate who had been sitting in the tree all the time. They sat there and called back and forth to each other for about twenty minutes. Since bald eagles mate for life I could imagine this pair saying, "Where have you been all day?" "I was out getting materials for the nest and fishing." I felt like I was eavesdropping on a private eagle conversion and was enthralled with the view I had been given into an eagle's daily life.
I developed my interest in bald eagles back in 1967 when this eagle was declared endangered in the 48 contiguous states. It was hard to imagine that a bird that had numbered 300,000 to 500,000 in the early 18th century had only 412 mating pairs in the mid-twentieth century. What had happened to reduce the population so severely? Several things had happened. Eagles and other birds of prey were adversely affected by the use of DDT. DDT didn't kill the birds but it affected their calcium production. The shells on their eggs were too thin to survive these large birds sitting on them. Also people hunted these birds for sport and also to protect lakes and other fishing areas from these remarkable fishermen. Lost of habitat was another factor in the decline of the bald eagle.
In 1972, the use of DDT was banned in the USA and about the same time strong limits were put on DDT's use in Canada. The passage of the Endangered Species Act of 1972 also assisted in the rapid recovery of the bald eagle in the lower 48 states. In 2007, this magnificent bird was removed from the list of endangered or threatened species. It is now protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty. The remarkable recovery from a listing of endangered to a listing of least concern in just 40 years is an environmental success story.
Bald eagles are very impressive birds. These birds weigh 10 to 14 pounds and can have a wingspan of 66 to 96 inches. They can lift about 4 pounds. Unlike many species, the female is generally larger than the male. Their yellow eyes are about the size of a human eye but 4 times sharper. As birds go they have longevity; they can live for 20 or 30 years, even longer in captivity. They sexually mature at about 4 or 5 years. It is at this time they develop their white head, neck and tail plus their yellow feet and beak.
An eagle is most majestic when it is flying. They ride the thermals or rising currents of warm air. They can soar to an altitude of 10,000 feet and achieve speeds of 30 to 35 mph. Their dive speed can be between 75 and 95 mph. Talon clasping or cartwheeling is amazing behavior. Two eagles will grasp talons in mid-air and tumble and spin downward, letting go just before reaching the ground. Some think this is a courtship ritual and others think it is a territorial battle. Whichever it is, it is amazing to watch.
The bald eagle is an opportunistic feeder which eats primarily fish but will eat carrion, small animals, and even steal from other birds. Watching an eagle swoop down and grab a fish out of the water as it flies by fills one with awe. The eagle doesn't even slow down. Eagles living in warmer climates generally don't migrate. Those who live near water that may freeze will migrate to open water so they may continue to hunt fish during the winter months. If the fish are plentiful, bald eagles will gather in large numbers around the feeding ground. In the winter, hundreds may be found along the open waters in Alaska and British Columbia.
Throughout history eagles have been the symbol of power for nations or gods. An eagle standard led the Roman legions into battle. Both the Norse god Odin and the Greek god Zeus were represented by eagles. Eagles have also been symbols of Germany, Austria, and Russia. An eagle is found on the Mexican coat of Arms. The eagle is also important in many Native American religions. Feathers and claws of the bald and golden eagles are used by many tribes in their religious regalia and ceremonies.
On June 20, 1782, the bald eagle was chosen as the emblem of the United States of America because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks. It also was native to North America. The image of the bald eagle is found on the Great Seal of the United States. It holds an olive branch with 13 leaves in one talon and a quiver of 13 arrows in the other. The eagle's beak holds a banner reading E pluribus unum (out of many one). An impression of the bald eagle is found on many US coins. Not everyone agreed that this bird was a good choice as a national symbol because it was reputed to be a bird of "bad moral character." Among those who disagreed with the selection were Benjamin Franklin and James John Audubon.
There is no way to entice a bald eagle to come to your yard. His world is much bigger than your yard. If you want to see bald eagles you must go where there is water, fish, and forest and hope that the he also finds this place satisfactory. If you and the bald eagle are in the same area at the same time, she will put on quite a show. The bald eagle is magnificent as he flies through the air, amazing as she cartwheels toward the ground and regal as a couple sits high in a tree viewing their vast domain. I am glad that the bald eagle is now in full flourish throughout most of North America and that it is no longer endangered. Many more of us now have a chance to see this magnificent bird near our home.
Beverly Clyde, President BirdWatchersDepot.com
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Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is immediately recognizable because of its distinctive white head, and also because, as the official symbol of the United States, it is featured on the U.S. presidential seal.
Bald Eagles are unmistakable and easily identified. This large eagle has broad wings, a brown body, and a white head and tail. Its beak and talons are bright yellow. In fact, the eagle's plumage is so unadorned that perhaps the Founding Fathers considered its simplicity when designating it as the national symbol - Ben Franklin's suggestion, the gaudy wild turkey, may have proved difficult to incorporate into official seals!

The range of the Bald Eagle includes areas near water in much of the United States. These birds have been known to congregate in large numbers where prey is abundant. Bald Eagles' main prey is fish, but they will also catch waterfowl and scavenge fish or mammals killed by other animals.
Because its diet dictates that it live near water, Bald Eagles breed in forested areas close to bodies of water. The eagles' courtship ritual is complicated and involves hours of paired aerial acrobatics, each bird interlocking talons in mid-air and spiraling toward the ground, only to release at the last moment and gain altitude. Bald Eagles are monogamous, and once breeding is complete, the pair must next embark on yet another energy-intensive project - building a nest.
The nest of the Bald Eagle is truly an architectural accomplishment. A breeding pair will begin wedging branches and sticks into a fork in a large tree. The nest is lined with fine woody material and vegetation, and re-used for several years. Some Bald Eagle nests measure more than 13 feet or 4 m high, 8 feet or 2.5 m across, and weigh more than 1 metric ton. In areas where there are no trees, the eagles will build a nest on a cliff.
Bald Eagles produce one to three eggs per year, but a more common number is two eggs. Rarely do more than two chicks survive. The eggs are approximately three inches long and bluish-white. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs for 34-36 days. The chicks are semi-altricial, meaning that they hatch with a covering of downy feathers but are still entirely dependent on their parents for food and warmth. Bald Eagles are devoted parents, and will bring carcasses and fish to the nest and delicately present the eaglets with small pieces held in their beaks.
The chicks fledge after 70-98 days, during which they molt their downy feathers and grow mottled brown flight feathers. The young birds can often be seen perched on the edge of the nest, which serves as a safe platform for the bird to test and strengthen their wing muscles. After the young birds learn to fly, they will often remain for several weeks in the vicinity of the nest learning to hunt by investigating unsuspecting waterfowl. Young eagles then undertake a period of exploration that takes them long distances from their hatching site and may last for several years.
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Taming a Monkey Mind

OK you've decided you are going to be more positive; you are going to try and banish those negative thoughts... you have been doing great then something happens, and bang!
That negative monster in your head will not be quiet, and before you know it you are spiraling and the little negative mole hills your monster has created are growing into mountains!

STOP... you can turn it around.
The ancient Yogis gave a term for this and called it a 'Monkey Mind'. Looking at the busy mind chatter as a mischievous monkey leaping around from tree to tree, left to its own devices it will play havoc be naughty and get you into all sorts of trouble. They believe you must build a pole through the centre of your mind and direct the monkey to the pole so it can climb up and down and play! Believing that if your mind does not provide direction it will look to wherever it can.
So what can you do?
Here are some suggestions: 
  • Firstly be authoritarian and tell yourself to 'STOP'; saying this out load can be more powerful.. Of course you may not want to do this whilst in the works canteen eating your tuna sandwich or sat on the bus....you can still say it in your head with authority.

  • Build your pole as above to tame the monkey or monster... be still be quite and breath this only takes a few minutes to re focus your mind.. focus on your breathing, inhale exhale... this will stop the spiralling.

  • Replace the negative with a positive, whatever you are thinking stop and look at what you are actually saying are you presuming something is going to happen? maybe you are worried about a forthcoming meeting and saying things like ' I can't do this' 'what if this happens' 'what if that happens' etc. Change your thinking and re affirm to yourself by stating ' I am well prepared for this meeting, I will produce my report with confidence and ease, I will be well understood and praised for my input'.

  • Next time you have thoughts that are limiting or damaging and negative, ask yourself questions: What am I really worried about here? How can I best handle this? Where and what was I doing when these thoughts started? By asking this question you may find a trigger to what caused thoughts in the first place.

  • Simply let it go! yes let it go we have so many thoughts going through our head every second of every day we cannot possibly analyse and make sense of them all... you may acknowledge them but just let them pass.
I am a certified Life Coach and if you want to bring balance into your life and release your true potential please contact me or visit http://www.simplypositivity.com for further details.
Be your Best Always

Monday, February 13, 2012

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