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Elk farming class being offered to encourage more production of elk



The Minnesota Elk Breeders Association and the Minnesota Grown Program are offering a class on raising elk in an effort to encourage future elk production in the state. The Elk Farming 101 class will be part of the North American Elk Breeders Association Annual Conference and International Antler Competition to be held Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 2-4 in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Elk Breeders Association Executive Secretary Brenda Hartkopf says there is currently a shortage of animals to meet the public demand for domestic elk meat.

"With wholesale elk meat prices at an all-time high, it's a good time to consider starting an elk herd," said Hartkopf. "The Elk Farming 101 class, plus a marketing seminar and the antler competition will provide a great opportunity for people to learn about all aspects of the industry."

There will also be a Select Quality Elk Sale, the first of its kind in more than 10 years. Hartkopf says the sale showcases elk with some of the best antler genetics in the U.S. She says that while meat production is the end market, antler production is what drives the industry.

The Elk Farming 101 class is being offered at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest (formerly The Northland Inn), 7025 Northland Drive North, Minneapolis, MN 55428. The entire national event runs from Aug. 2-4. For a registration form, full schedule of events and more information, see the North American Elk Breeders Association web site at www.naelk.org, or call the Minnesota Elk Breeders Association at (320) 543-2686.