Black Neck Ostriches

1. Adaptability South Africa exports Black Neck Ostriches to various overseas destinations with great successes. The Black Neck Ostriches adapt in the snow of Canada, the desert of Saudi Arabia and the high humidity of Bangkok. The only country where we found adaptation problems is in the mud of Belgium. In Holland and Belgium they had to cross the Black Necks with Blues and Reds with obvious negative results.

2. Docile Temperament In South Africa we have domesticated the Black Necks almost 150 years ago. The ostriches in South Africa are no longer listed under CITES, since they are fully tamed and farmed with intensively. Over the decades farmers specifically breed the Black Necks to be calm and docile in order to handle them easily. The Black Necks are not always the biggest ostriches in the world, but they are the only ostriches that are tamed enough to handle with ease.

3. Huge Genetic Pool South Africa has more than 60 000 Black Neck breeders. It is almost impossible to have inbreeding with such a big genetic pool. However, we have records on most of our breeders. In order to prevent any inbreeding, we cross breed birds of different families, but always Black Necks. You will therefore never be in a position where you purchase breeders or chicks from South Africa which are brothers and sisters.

4. High Reproduction Rate South African Black Necks have been selected for high fertility and reproduction over many years. Some of our females currently produce more than 130 eggs per season.

5. High Fertility In South Africa we believe that eggs mean nothing, since we need chicks and slaughter birds. Therefore we specifically select for fertility. We have some females that produce more than 110 chicks per season. No other ostrich in the world is as fertile as the South African Black. On our farm no female is acceptable with a production of less than 45 chicks per season. However the unacceptable females are not for sale. We send them to the slaughterhouse, since we believe that we only sell Black Neck Ostriches that are good enough for our standards.

6. Very Good Survival Rate It means absolutely nothing to have many chicks, but they are not strong enough to survive, therefore we do very strict selections in order to pick the breeders, which produce chicks with a high survival rate. After many years of intensive research, we have found that nutrition of the breeders plays an important role in the survival rate of chicks. We have started to feed the breeders a fully balanced diet including all the minerals, vitamins and trace elements and have pushed up our survival rate tremendously.

7. Fast Growers The South African Black Neck Ostrich is not always the biggest ostrich in the world, but with research we have succeeded to breed an ostrich that grows very fast and easily reach 95kg at the age of 8 months. However, we have found that you should not slaughter the birds before they are 10 months old, since the follicle development is acceptable to the world market only when the birds are 10 months old.

8. High Quality Leather South African Black Neck Ostrich skins have the biggest follicle area and are sought after in the world market. The follicle is the little knob where the feather grows. The more feathers the more follicles. For many years South Africa specifically breeds ostriches for feather production, therefore the leather has by far the most follicles and it makes the South African Blacks very famous, worldwide.

9. Top Grade Meat The tender meat is remarkably healthy. It contains less cholesterol, fewer kilojoules, less fat and less protein than chicken and turkey. The demand for the meat of the South African Blacks is so high, that we will never be able to provide in the demand in specifically in Europe and Asia.

10. Excellent Feather Production South African Black Neck Ostriches have been selected for quality feathers for more than 150 years. We export most of our feather production to South America, but the demand for high quality feathers in Europe picked up a lot over the past two years. The South African Blacks are famous for their high quality feathers and no other ostrich in the world can produce this quality.

11. High Demand in World Market The world market specifically demands products of South African Black Neck Ostriches. Especially leather manufacturers are prepared to pay more for the leather of South African Blacks.

12. Best Investment South African Black Neck Ostriches are by far the best investment in the ostrich market. In South Africa we believe that you should always farm according to the demand of the world market. Any honest ostrich consultant will tell you that the demand is for the products of the South African Black Necks. Since you will never have problems to market your high quality products, the South African Blacks are still the best investment by far.

Many producers all over the world will claim that they have pure South African Black Necks. It is impossible, since with the very small genetic pool that they have they have to cross breed the birds to prevent inbreeding. They should be able to provide a Certificate of Origin, stating the country of origin of these ostriches is South Africa. You should demand this certificate when you purchase ostriches.

Ostriches for Export Photo Gallery

We are the number 1 exporter of livestock from South Africa and have exported Ostriches, Boer Goats, Sheep, Cattle and Game to the following countries:United Arab Emirates (U.A.E), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Arab State of Kuwait, Arab Republic of Egypt, Republic of Turkey, Republic of Senegal, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Islamic Rebublic of Pakistan, State of Japan, Malaysia, Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Mozambique, Ukraine, Republic of Slovenia, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Somalia