The Elk & Deer Industry Supports Kansas Jobs and Families!

Kansas is a strong agriculture state that works to provide a business climate that creates jobs. Scattered across the state are elk and deer farmers that improve the Kansas economy in several ways.

Did You Know?
  • The Kansas elk and deer industry contributes to the nation's $4 billion dollar cervid industry.
  • Domestic elk and deer farming provides the sole income for many Kansas families.
  • Most elk and deer farms are family operations. Many of these farms are second and third generation owners.
  • Domestic elk and deer can be raised on marginal land that could not otherwise be useful for cattle or farmland.
  • Elk meat and venison is fast growing red meat alternative. It is high in protein, low cholesterol, low fat, and sold in many Kansas venues.
  • Elk burgers and steaks are commonly sold in local farmers markets and restaurants.
  • Velvet antler is harvested from farmed elk bulls and bucks that are used to make medicines to help relieve arthritis and other muscle ailments.
  • Farmed elk and deer produce many commodities that are exported bringing out of state dollars to Kansas.
  • Farmed deer and elk are routinely vaccinated, wormed, and well fed every day making them the healthiest cervids in the state.
  • Kansas has been a home to domestic elk and deer since 1985.
  • Farmed deer and elk have been regulated completely by the Kansas Department of Agriculture since 1993.
  • There are 9 different breeds of deer raised by ranchers in Kansas.
  • The biggest threat to Kansas elk and deer farmers and their businesses is over-regulation and inaccurate information.
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