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The development of ratite production through continued research

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 May 2012

S.W.P. CLOETE
Affiliation:
Department of Animal Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, Matieland 7602, South Africa Institute for Animal Production: Elsenburg, Private Bag X1, Elsenburg 7607, South Africa
T.S. BRAND
Affiliation:
Department of Animal Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, Matieland 7602, South Africa Institute for Animal Production: Elsenburg, Private Bag X1, Elsenburg 7607, South Africa
L. HOFFMAN
Affiliation:
Department of Animal Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, Matieland 7602, South Africa
Z. BRAND
Affiliation:
Department of Animal Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, Matieland 7602, South Africa Institute for Animal Production: Oudtshoorn, PO Box 351, Oudtshoorn 6220, South Africa
A. ENGELBRECHT
Affiliation:
Department of Animal Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, Matieland 7602, South Africa Institute for Animal Production: Oudtshoorn, PO Box 351, Oudtshoorn 6220, South Africa
M. BONATO
Affiliation:
Department of Animal Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, Matieland 7602, South Africa
P.C. GLATZ
Affiliation:
SARDI, Livestock and Farming Systems, Davies Building, Roseworthy Campus, Roseworthy, South Australia 5371
I.A. MALECKI*
Affiliation:
School of Animal Biology M085, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia UWA Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia
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Corresponding author: irek.malecki@uwa.edu.au
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Abstract

This paper summarises research on farmed ratites and their industries over the past 100 years. Commercial ratite products include meat, skins, feathers and oil. Research on ratites has attempted to enhance the quantity and quality of these products by focusing on the disciplines of breeding and genetics, reproduction and incubation, assisted reproduction, nutrition and animal welfare. Advances in these disciplines are discussed, and directions for future research are provided.

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Copyright © World's Poultry Science Association 2012

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