Ostrich meat is “Halal” and it was eaten by companion of Holy
Prophet after accepting Islam. Many Muslim countries including
Saudi Arab, Iran and UAE are consuming Ostrich Meat.
To establish Ostrich Meat, Leather and
Feather Industry in Pakistan, by utilizing the
latest tools and best available local and
international expertise to promote Ostrich
farming and breeding that can meet the
demands of consumers and the needs of
Pakistan Ostrich Company is the leading ostrich farming and breeding company of
Pakistan. Currently it has the expertise and capability to import ostrich chicks and
provide technical support and professional advice in setting up of successful ostrich
business. It also assists its clients in managing ostrich breeding and farming,
marketing and sales of grown up birds and provides consultancy services for
protecting the client investment and assets.
An ostrich is a "ratite" - a flightless bird from the same family as the emu,
cassowary, rhea, and kiwi.
The mature ostrich stands six to nine feet tall
and weighs in at between 90 and 160 kilogram.
ostrich become widely known for its low-fat, iron-packed red meat as well as its
Omega rich, moisturizing oil, fine leather, soft fluffy feathers and large white eggs.
In the last few years, ostrich farming has progressed dramatically and the
world ostrich industry has achieved some economic stability.
• Free of fats
• Tastes like deer’s meat
• Finest in the world
• 4 times stronger than cow
• Used for dusting
• Manufacturing hats and dresses
• Equals to 24 chicken eggs
• Hard shell, sold as showpieces
Birds, Leather, Eggs
Chicks 30 to 60 days old
Chicks 61 to 90 days old
Commercial Ostrich Farming
IMPORTANT THINGS TO
What other countries are practicing Ostrich farming?
Ostrich farming is now being done in countries all over the world including (but not
limited to) China, Taiwan, India, Japan, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Israel, United Kingdom,
France, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and others
Is Environment of Pakistan suitable for Ostrich
Primarily, Ostrich is a desert bird and that’s why, warm and extreme
environment is highly recommended for Ostrich Farming. Fortunately,
Pakistan Environment is very hot in summers and cool in winters. Due to
this weather pattern, Pakistan is an ideal country for Ostrich farming.
What are Requirements for starting an Ostrich Farm?
A cemented floor of 250 sq. ft. is sufficient for 50 Ostrich Chicks age between
2 to 4 months. Afterwards, these 50 birds are transferred to muddy land of
1500 sq. ft. where it can pass it entire life Supply of drinkable water
Labor: one person is capable of managing a 50 bird’s farm.
How do you compare Ostrich with other Cattle animals
currently farmed in Pakistan?
No other animal multiplies itself as fast as Ostrich.
Cow procreates only one calf per year while Ostrich produces at least 50 chicks
Unlike Chicken meat, Ostrich meat is free of any unnatural harmful treatment.
Ostrich is immune to diseases .
Ostrich meat is similar to mutton or Deer Meat.
Also, ostrich eats lesser that any other animal including goats, sheep and cows.
What and how much an ostrich eats?
An ostrich lives on any cattle fodder. But during early six months of life it needs
special feeds for better growth.
It gains more weight with lesser amount of fodder. With only 3 Kg food, it gains 1
Kg weight, unlike cow which gains 1 Kg after intake of 20 Kg food.
An ostrich, age between 2-4 months, eats half Kg special feed per day. A grown up
Ostrich, with 9 feet height and 100 Kg weight, only eats 2-3 Kg Alfalfa per day.
Ostrich needs water double than its food intake.
What are major Risks while operating an Ostrich Farm?
After two months, there is almost no risk of natural mortality in Ostrich. Ostrich
is almost immune to diseases and epidemics including bird flu 2 months after
its birth. However, eating any harmful ingredient like glass, or nail etc. can
cause Ostrich mortality. However, at the age of four months, Ostrich is sensible
enough to decide what is suitable to eat and does not take any dangerous item
releasing farmer from mortality risk.
From Where Ostrich Farmers can receive technical Assistance?
Pakistan Ostrich Company is responsible to provide every technical
assistance and consultancy to farmers on Farm construction, Ostrich
food and medication and precautions. POC also trains farmer and its staff
to ensure success of Ostrich farm.
Are there some Ostrich farms currently operating in Pakistan?
Numerous Ostrich farms with 25-200 Birds have started their operations
in Pakistan under guidance of Pakistan Ostrich Company. Main farms are
in Karachi, Suhawa, Attock, Chakwal, Lahore, and Bahawalpur. New
farms are opening in Thatha, Hyderabad and Ranipur.
Profitability of Ostrich Farms
An Ostrich farm of 50 Birds can earn minimum 10 million rupees per year .
by selling chicks for only PKR3000/Chick
it can earn minimum 30 million rupees by selling Ostrich Meat for only
One egg costs between 1000- 2000 Pakistani Rupees.
While Ostrich skin is sold to leather industries at price between PKR 10,000 to
There is a well established Export Market for Ostrich Meat and leather in
Iran, Saudi Arab and UAE.
Farmers can opt to sell their Ostriches, meat, and leather themselves at any rate
Four Major markets for Ostrich and its products
Fancy Bird Market
Pakistan Ostrich Company
Live Ostrich Market
The 2 biggest problems by far
Poor nutrition including incorrect feeding,
feeding cheap feed
and feeding the wrong feeds.
Farmers do not maintain the right
environment for the ostrich.