The ostriches were imported by Dr. Muqarab and were kept in Jabba Sheep & Goat Research farm with the objective of introducing and promoting ostrich farming in the area. Due to excellent feed to weight gain ratio ostrich farming could be more economical than sheep farming.
Ostrich farming has the following benefits: excellent feed to weight ratio gains, high protein content meat with low fats, high value products made from ostrich feather and hide (skin) and the breeding proliferation of ostriches makes commercial ostrich farming worthy of investigation.
Besides the meat gain from the bird, A female ostrich can lay up to 60 eggs in a year weighing up to 1.4 kg per egg, which could significantly contribute to improving protein intake. This bird can withstand A wide range of environmental conditions and can prosper in climates between 30 and -30 °C, and can live up to 70 years of age.
Dr. Muqarrab has kindly showed his confidence in the abilities of Hashoo Foundation’s Expanded Dairy Development Project (EDDP). He is sure that our Dairy Model Farm serves the purpose of demonstration best than any other farm in the area. He believes the demonstration at the farm will generate interest amongst other organizations and motive community members to start thinking about introducing this commercially worthy farming to poor farmers in the other parts of Pakistan.