Elk Farming

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1998: $5,610.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1998
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $36,350.00
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:


  • Animals: elk


  • Animal Production: general animal production

    Proposal summary:

    Raise pure bred registered elk. Increasing herd size, excellent young stock and expanding available pasture land with fencing. Initiate an alternative form of agriculture utilizing grassland based operations for the production of Elk, primarily for antlers (velvet value-medicinal purposes) as the final product. This concept can provide an additional source of income for farmers whom have traditionally raised dairy and beef cattle. The utilization of the antlers as the primary product will ensure a renewable resource which can be marketed to Asian cultures in the United States and on a global market. The family farm in the Northeast is faced with the possibility of extinction if new and innovative forms of alternative agriculture are not embraced by the farming community. We are proposing one possible solution to assist the family farm survive this crisis.

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