Elk is a large species of the deer family. Mature bulls will range in weight from 800 to 1,000 pounds, while cows will weigh 600 to 800 pounds. Elk are predominantly raised for their antlers, which are promoted for use as an aphrodisiac in Korea. Some producers raise large bulls for game hunting. Others maintain a herd for aesthetic reasons. The market for elk meat has not been developed because the animals are more valuable when produced for other uses. As the industry matures and the value of breeding stock declines, meat production will likely become an important market for elk producers.
Meg Moynihan, Principal Administrator
Minnesota Farm Opportunities
Ag Marketing & Development Division