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Elk (Cervus canadensis) are typically grown for their antler velvet, the soft new growth on antlers. The velvet is harvested in early summer and then frozen, dried and sold. In the United States, elk are also know as wapiti (whop eh tee), a Native American word for elk.

Commercial elk production has been taking place in North America since the late 1800s. The North American Elk Breeders Association's conservative estimate is that over 100,000 captive elk are currently farmed or ranched in the United States. Elk production actually spans the globe, with the heaviest concentrations in New Zealand, China, Russia, United States, Canada and Germany.

According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture (2009), there are 1,917 elk farms in the United States. Texas has the most farms with 354, and Wisconsin and Minnesota are the second and third respectively. The farms sold about 13 thousand of the 68 thousand raised in 2007.  June 2012 ...  Elk

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Related Links

Elk, Miscellaneous Livestock and Animal Specialties - Inventory and Number Sold: 2007 and 2002, 2007 Census of Agriculture - State Data, National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA, 2009.


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