Australian Velvet Antler and Deer Co-Products

  • 43 pages

  • Published: 25 May 2001

  • Author(s): Tuckwell, Chris

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In the past, the Australian industry has been unable to develop markets for co products per se and
value added velvet and venison co products in particular, for many reasons including: (i) the relatively
small volume of production; (ii) the relatively large number of processors; (iii) lack of commitment to
quality assurance and (iv) lack of investment in product collection, processing and market
The recent rationalisation of the deer processing industry means fewer processors have access to
volumes of co products that are commercially saleable. Investment in the cooperative development of
markets for value added velvet and venison co products could significantly improve the value of
velvet antler and venison co products