Emu Meat Cuts

The six major carcass cuts are:

  • Neck (about 1 1/2 pounds of meat) which is cut into sections like oxtail or deboned for ground.
  • Rib Cage – 3 pounds trimmed for ground.  This includes the strip running along the backbone.
  • 2 Thighs (see cuts 1 through 7 on the chart below)
  • 2 Drums (see cuts 8, 9 & 10 on chart below)

Emu Hindquarter, Meat Cuts and Muscle Names

 Meat Cut International #’s of muscles in cut
Muscle(s)
with prefix M omitted
Weight Before Desilvering Tenderness
rating*
1. Fan EM 1046 Iliofibularis 1 lb. 4 oz (567 g)  1
2. Top Loin EM 1047 Iliotibialis cranialis 1 lb. (454 g)  1
3. Outside Strip EM 1036 Flexor Cruris lateralis 10 oz (238 g)  2
4. Round EM 1035 Iliotibialis lateralis 1 lb 9 oz (709 g)  2-3
5. Inside strip EM 1050
EM 1037
EM 1038
(Caudo-)iliofemoralis;
flexor cruris medialis
pubo-ischio-femoralis
7 oz (198 g)

6 oz (170g)

1-3
6. Tip EM 1041
EM 1042
EM 1043
EM 1059a
EM 1059b
Femorotibialis complex:
Femorotibialis Medius,
Femorotibialis Externus,
Femorotibialis Internus,
Femorotibialis Accessories, pectineus
1 lb + (454 g+)  2-3
7. Oyster EM 1045
EM 1073b
EM 1073d
EM 1059c
Liofemoralis internus:
Iliotrochantericus cranialis,
Caudalis;
Ambiens (part of)
12 oz (340g)  1-4
8. Inside Drum EM 1011 Gastrocnemius, pars interna 1 lb 7 oz  3-8
9. Outside Drum EM 1012 Gastrocnemius, pars externa 1 lb (454 g)  3-5
10. Mid-Drum EM 1013 Fibularis longus 1 lb. (454 g) 3-5

 

Information provided by the Emu Farmers Handbook, Vol 2 by Maria Minnaar (ISBN 0-9643741-4-5)
* Tenderness rating is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the most tender.

Founded in 1989, The American Emu Association is a non-profit trade association representing breeders, producers and marketers of emu meat, oil and other emu co-products. The emu industry is an alternative agricultural industry, dominated by the small farmer, who is devoted to humane and environmentally positive practices that will produce beneficial products for society. For more information about the American Emu Association (AEA) or the emu industry visit http://www.aea-emu.org or call 541-332-0675.

Nutritional Comparison of Meats

RDI5 Venison1 Ostrich1 Emu1 Bison1 Beef2 Turkey2 Elk1
Protein (gm) 50 26.5 26.2 28.4 24.2 25.0 27.4 26.6
Fat (gm) <654 8.2 7.1 4.7 14.8 16.4 13.2 8.4
% Saturated fat3 52 30 25 44 39 26 48
Cholesterol (mg) <300 98 83 87 85 81 102 78
Iron (mg) 18 3.4 3.4 5.0 3.1 2.4 1.9 3.3
Calories (kcal) 189 175 164 237 255 235 190
Copper (mg) 2 .13 .14 .24 .21 .09 .09 .14
Sodium (mg) <2400 78 80 65 67 70 107 85
Magnesium (mg) 420 23.9 22.6 28.7 19.8 21 24 23.7
Manganese (mg) .013 .017 .030 .010 .016 .020 .011
Phosphorus (mg) 1000 228 224 269 184 160 196 221
Potassium (mg) 364 323 375 306 312 270 354
Selenium (mcg) 10 34 44 35 19 37 17
Zinc (mg) 15 5.2 4.3 4.6 4.3 5.4 2.9 6.6
Folic Acid (mcg) 420 8.2 14 9 15.1 9 7 7.7
Vitamin B12 (mcg) 6 2.3 5.7 8.5 2.3 2.0 .33 2.6
Vitamin B6 (mg) 2 .47 .50 .83 .37 .27 .39 .42
Thiamin (mg) 1.2 .50 .21 .32 .12 .06 .05 .13
Niacin (mg) 16 9.3 6.6 8.9 4.9 4.7 4.8 5.3
Riboflavin (mg) 1.3 .33 .27 .55 .26 .26 .17 .32

 

Shaded areas indicate most desired in that classification
(gm=grams, mg=milligrams, mcg=micrograms, Kcal =kilocalories)

1 = Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison, June, 2000 Alternative Meat Study funded by USDA
2 = Source: United States Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
3 = percent of fat composed of saturated fatty acids
4 = Based upon 2000 calorie diet
5 = Reference Daily Intake (National Academy of Sciences)

Founded in 1989, The American Emu Association is a non-profit trade association representing breeders, producers and marketers of emu meat, oil and other emu co-products. The emu industry is an alternative agricultural industry, dominated by the small farmer, who is devoted to humane and environmentally positive practices that will produce beneficial products for society. For more information about the American Emu Association (AEA) or the emu industry visit http://www.aea-emu.org or call 541-332-0675.