Antlers


Velvet Antler Protects the Liver

A University of Saskatchewan professor of physiology has found scientific evidence that elk velvet antler (EVA) may protect the liver from disease. Dr. Susan Hemmings, who has established a research program committed to assessing the impact of nutraceuticals on the liver, is a professor in the Department of Physiology at the College of Medicine. Her … Continue reading

Velvet Antler Handling

There is no point in spending time, effort and money developing a good antler crop only to have the antlers lose value through improper handling technique and poor hygiene. This section covers steps necessary to maintain antler quality during and after harvest. Quality assurance procedures including hygienic removal, storage procedures, identification and recording are discussed. … Continue reading

Reindeer Antler Production

Value of Antlers Antlers of various forms, from natural sheds to trophy heads have always had a value. Shed antlers are used in a variety of crafts, from the making of chandeliers and furniture to candle holders and earrings. Trophy antlers are always in demand for head mounts and hunting. The market for velvet antler … Continue reading

Nutraceutical Opportunities for Velvet Antler

The more research I do, the more excited I get about the potential markets for elk velvet antler (EVA) as a nutraceutical product. I believe the future for EVA sales is bright because of three developing trends: Growth in complementary and alternative medicines Issues with chemical drugs Expanding pet health care markets Let’s look at … Continue reading

Marketing Velvet Antler

Velvet antler has been entering the North American market very slowly through pharmacies and health food stores. Discussions were held with health food stores and pharmacies in Saskatoon (Canada) to understand the marketing strategies for these products. Velvet antler is considered to be a nutraceutical. It is available on the market mainly in encapsulated form, … Continue reading

Lignocaine use for Antler Removal

Purpose To evaluate the effectiveness of various routes of administration and doses of local anesthetic (LA) to provide analgesia of the velvet antler of adult stags. Methods In Experiment 1, antlers from 50 red deer stags, greater than or equal to 2-years-old were allocated to 1 of 4 treatment groups (n = 25 antlers/group) to … Continue reading

Judging Elk Antlers

Velvet antler competitions have become some of the most interesting, exciting and financially rewarding aspects of the elk farming industry. They are great social events, they allow breeders and buyers to compare the relative genetic merit of various breeding programs and they are a tremendous marketing tool. Winning a class at a Velvet Competition immediately … Continue reading

Improving Antler Production

Profit in the elk business depends on improving the volume and efficiency of antler production. When grain and other feed is expensive, it is difficult to spend the money to try to increase returns from antlers, but the investment may be worth it. Elk that have good genetics for antler growth will return your investment. … Continue reading

How Dogs can Save the Elk Industry

The elk farming industry in North America was built on velvet antler. Elk velvet antler (EVA) has been used in Asia for over 2,000 years as a medicinal and health product. High demand and prices for velvet, especially from Korea, fueled the growth and expansion of the elk farming industry in the 1980s and 1990s … Continue reading

Elk Velvet Antler Helps Dogs with Arthritis

Dogs suffering from arthritis and other joint-problems show significant improvement after taking elk velvet antler (EVA). This was the major finding of a sixteen-month-long research project to determine the best strategies for the marketing and promotion of dog health products to North American consumers. The study was done by Qeva Corp., a Calgary-based EVA marketing … Continue reading