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Velvet Antler

Velvet is the word used to describe the elk antler before it has started to calcify. In the Orient, velvet has been used for over 2,000 years as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. In North America velvet is marketed as a dietary supplement. Research promotes the following abilities of velvet antler: reduce inflammation, influence body metabolism, support immune function, protect damaged tissues, and improve blood, liver and kidney function.

There are numerous old and current studies, articles and manuscripts written about velvet antler. Some of them are available below. It would seem that there is a synergistic balance of the components, as they exist naturally in velvet antler. Although nobody is certain WHY velvet works so well in so many different areas, one of the working theories is that our diets are lacking in the essential nutrients that are needed for our bodies to properly work. Velvet antler supplement gives the body what it needs to work properly, thus allowing it to fix itself.

Hard Antler

"Hard antler" refers to elk antlers that have calcified. Each set of antlers, shed annually by bull elk, is unique.

Antler Art

Artists create beautiful items from these wonders of nature. In antler art, no two pieces are exactly alike because each is made from a natural, distinctive item.

The graceful chandeliers, coffee tables, and lamps created from hard antler complement many styles of furnishings. Some elk breeders sell sheds or harvested trophy antlers to companies that manufacture and sell antler art, and some create their own products to sell by mail order or at local outlets. Hard antler is also used to produce decorative items such as knives, jewelry, and buttons.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Hard antler is also exported, where it is washed, dried, ground and reprocessed in the form of antler glue that is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to promote blood flow, lactation deficiency in women and body weakness.

Trophy Market

Game preserves offer interested individuals a hunting experience in habitat which is comparable to that of free-ranging elk, while providing an economically rewarding harvest opportunity to those producers who have appropriate land resources.

  • Game preserves allow physically challenged hunters an experience otherwise unavailable to them.
  • They serve individuals who are unable to travel to states with free-ranging elk.
  • They provide individuals a safer hunting experience.
  • They provide a profitable purpose for maintaining large, undeveloped open spaces.
  • Natural cover and the large size of the average facility allow a typical hunting experience.
  • Harvest of domestic elk, like that of free-ranging elk, is often a necessary process of population control.

Elk Meat

Elk meat is not only tasty, but is lower in fat, cholesterol, and calories than "traditional" red meats. For this reason, the demand for elk meat is increasing among health conscious consumers. Venison consumption in the United States, which includes elk meat, has more than doubled since 1992.

Retail prices of elk meat are higher than those of beef. According to the Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food Department, elk meat retail prices range from $2.00 per pound for trim meat to $18.90 per pound for tenderloin.

The American Elk Products Board (AEPB) has addressed food and product safety issues through its Quality Assurance Program. This program promotes practices that yield products which are free of growth hormones, antibiotics, and other substances that are not natural.

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