A flock of 3-month-old emus graze at Sundance Emu Ranch east of Lawrence. The birds typically are slaughtered at around 14 months old.
Ann Merkel gets cozy with Sampson the emu, one half of seven breeding pairs at her Sundance Emu Ranch east of Lawrence. While many speculators got out of the emu industry in the early 1990s, Merkel continues to raise the birds for meat and oil.
Ann Merkel, owner of Sundance Emu Ranch east of Lawrence, talks about some of the products made from emu oil. At left-center is an emu egg.
An emu walks through its pen at Sundance Emu Ranch east of Lawrence. The ranch currently has 72 emus raised for meat and oil.