4 D Acres

  (Louisburg, Kansas)
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Special Treats For Special Pets

We know how important your pets are to you. How do we know? Because we have them too! Rusty was our Brittany Spaniel who brought character and companionship to 4 D Acres until about 3 years ago. We named our line of pet products after him. Currently we have four barn cats, Smoky, Katrina, Goldie, and Dot – Dot being a gray cat with a white spot on her chest. They are busy all day keeping the barn free of little critters.

We like to give them treats to show our appreciation for their tireless dedication to keeping the barn clear of rodents by feeding them Rusty’s Pet Treats. Our new, all natural treats for your dog or cat are made with low fat emu meat and added flax seed for healthy Omega 3 benefits that animals need as well. So, not only are they healthy but they taste great as well. We know you care about what you feed your pets, so we want you to know exactly what you are feeding them when you buy Rusty’s Pet Treats. Two options are available.

"Rusty’s Pet Treats Ingredients: Emu, fortified textured soy protein, natural hickory smoke flavor, water, milk, soy flour, and seasonings.”
“Rusty’s Pet Treats Omega 3 Ingredients: Emu meat, flax seed, barley grits, natural hickory smoke flavor, salt, garlic powder, tomato powder, dextrose, spices, nonfat dry milk, sweet whey, soy sauce powder.”

Our cats love them just as much as the dogs do. The treats are like jerky pieces, easily edible and digestible for your four-legged friends. In January, save 25% when you order 4 packs of either the 4 oz or 8 oz sizes of the Original Recipe or Omega 3. 4 oz Rusty’s Pet Treats 8 oz Rusty’s Pet Treats 4 oz Rusty’s Pet Treats Omega 3 8 oz Rusty’s Pet Treats Omega 3  

Visit the www.4dacresemuoil.com, call 877.837.4119 or email info@4dacres.com to place your order.

Emu Meat is Good Eats

Did you know that emu meat, particularly the emu meat sold by 4D Acres has the highest protein content of any USDA inspected meat sold in the United States? And YES, our meat is USDA inspected as well, insuring you the highest quality of meat - safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. We are often asked questions about our meat. For example, do we raise emus specifically for the meat? While the meat is obviously a valuable product, at 4D Acres, it is a byproduct, as we raise our emu specifically for the emu oil, and its amazing healing benefits.

That being said, we also recognize the value to the health conscious consumer of a meat that is high in protein and low in fat, and that is also incredibly versatile. For that reason, we do have meat available for purchase and we can ship it. We get about 25 to 30 pounds of meat per bird, and sell it in steak filets, ground meat, and also in jerky and meat sticks. The jerky and meat sticks are easily shipped as they do not require refrigeration, and the prices on the website reflect that. For the steaks and ground emu meat, we recommend that you call for pricing, as the cost is determined by the weight of your meat package as well as the special shipping requirements to get your meat to you fresh.

We invite you to try our recipe for Emu Burgers.

1 lb. ground emu

1 egg (1 chicken egg or ¼ c. emu egg)

salt, pepper, to taste




ketchup and mustard

4 hamburger buns

Blend ground emu, egg, salt and pepper in bowl with a fork. Don’t overmix. Make 4 patties. Grill or pan fry over medium heat. Place patties on buns. Garnish with onion, tomatoes, pickles, ketchup and mustard. You can add cheese for a tasty cheeseburger. Serves 4.

Top Testimonials

Despite the fact that we have been in the emu business for over 15 years, we never tire of hearing the success stories and testimonials from happy customers. We thought we’d share some of the most amazing ones with you. One of our customers wrote about how the emu oil worked to minimize scarring after major surgery.
I had purchased the Emu oil for my father that had open heart surgery. We started applying as soon as we received the oil. The scar on his chest looks fantastic! This is the first time he heard about the oil and he loves it. I am ordering him another one. This is a wonderful healing product. Thank you so much. - D.H. Overland Park, KS
Another of our customers was so enthusiastic that she thought it deserved attention from a nationally syndicated talk show.
I love your products so much that I wrote Dr. Oz to brag about them. The Golden Magic is just that...MAGIC!! I have fought dry skin all my life. Now I just use two drops of Golden Magic, and I am moisturized and hydrated. I use the massage oil in the shower to lock in moisture and then use the body lotion after the shower. I love the shampoo and conditioner. As my other products are finished, I will replace them all with your products. Great stuff. I am 54 and don't look it now. Even my neck is losing wrinkles! Thanks for great products. - J.P. Savannah, GA
And since it is dry skin season, we will leave you with this one. This customer has a skin condition that might be further exacerbated by the need to bathe in a Jacuzzi frequently, which can dry skin as water evaporates. She has found a solution to more than one problem here.
Every winter I deal with dry skin and it does not seem to matter how much lotion I use. I also, due to back injuries, spend time each day in a Jacuzzi bathtub. I inquired about the Emu Oil and came home with a bottle and lots of hope. I was not disappointed! I put 2 to 3 squirts into the bath water, and while I bubble away the stress and pain, the Emu Oil sooths and hydrates my skin. It has made my life so much more comfortable. No more itchy dry skin! I have also found since using this product that my other medications seem to work better. Pain in life is not fun, but with the right things you can make a difference. My whole family loves the 4 D Acres line of products, and we have had wonderful results! Thank you so much for making this available. - K. W. King City, MO
Do you have any stories or testimonials of how 4 D Acres products have helped you? We'd love to hear from you. Email us at info@4dacres.com

Once Upon a Time, There Was an Emu Farmer, Part 3

As mentioned in the prior post, the emu products became a central part of the operation, and emu oil is certainly not least among them.

Mike says regarding the emu oil, that one thing that really piqued his interest the oil was originally used by the Australian Aborigines as part of their native medicine routine. They would hang the hide from a tree in the heat of the day, and put a container underneath to catch the drippings that would come off the fat content on the hide. The oil was then used to treat their skin ailments. If they were injured, they would even wrap themselves in the hide so the oil content would treat their wounds.

Emu oil has been found to be transdermal, anti-inflammatory, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and moisturizing. All of these properties contribute to the effectiveness of the oil in treating burns, cuts, bug bites, rashes, bruising, dryness and other skin ailments.

For that reason, emu oil is added to many cosmetic and health products, from skin moisturizer to muscle rubs. 4 D Acres offers a large line of products including pure emu oil, skin care products, analgesics, hair care, blemish care, bath care and more.

Also, Mike and Dee love to hear the reports about how the emu oil has helped people. In fact, on a recent visit with a gentleman, he told Mike that he used the emu oil for his dry elbows, but that his wife had recently been burned and used the emu oil on that burn. “She said the next morning she had no pain, and the redness was clearing up.” Another customer stated, “Oh, you said it would be good for burns, but I didn’t believe it until I got burnt, and I tried it. And oh, it’s fantastic. The next day the pain was gone and there was no scarring.”

Mike says that he would have missed all of these personal testimonies, and others, had he and Dee decided to have a livestock focus for their business instead of an emu product focused business.  

To be continued...  

Once Upon A Time, There Was an Emu Farmer, Part 2

The 4 D Acres emu operation started with eight chicks in 1996, and shortly thereafter 2 breeder pair for egg laying. The bird business was off to a start, however rough, the breeder pair was not productive, so… as in any sustainable operation, they were utilized for food. Again in 1999 Mike bought a breeding trio of birds from Dallas, TX, a male (Texas State Champion) and two female birds. Mike and Dee would also obtain birds when other emu farmers due to health reasons and age began to go out of business and offer equipment for sale. They would buy the equipment and the birds as a package deal.

Realizing that the Exotic bird market was collapsing, for the farming operation to be most successful Mike and Dee began to focus on developing a market for the emu products and their benefits.

Emu meat, while considered poultry, is a red meat and is high in protein, lower in fat than chicken or turkey. Interestingly, people who are allergic to beef and other red meats can eat emu meat used in the place. Ground emu meat can be used in any recipe that calls for meat, such as meatloaf, chili, burritos, etc. The steaks can be grilled, smoked, pan fried, baked and more. Emu is excellent made into jerky and summer sausage as well.

Emu eggs also provide a healthy and substantial substitution for chicken eggs. One emu egg is equivalent to 10-12 chicken eggs. Or by measurement, 1/4 cup of beaten emu egg can replace one chicken egg in cooking and baking. The emu egg makes cakes and cookies lighter and fluffier. It should be noted that because the volume of the yolk is so great, it does have more cholesterol than a chicken egg, but scientists are now confirming that it is not cholesterol alone that causes heart disease. The relation between Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids determines more how good and bad cholesterol affect your body.

The toenails, feathers and egg shells are also utilized in creative ways in crafts. From necklaces and other jewelry, to dream catchers and carved egg shells, the products are popular at art shows. Many crafters order the empty egg shells, feathers, etc. directly from 4 D Acres to utilize in their own craft items. Dee has also done quite a few engravings on emu eggs.

A note on the feathers: Each quill on the emu has 2 feathers. Unlike with chickens and turkeys, the emu feathers release very easily, because the quill which is fed by a fatty deposit is less in the emu. This seems to be a defense mechanism, in that if something were to attack the emu, and only got a mouthful of feathers, the emu would be able to break away from the predator and escape across the tundra.

Of course the primary product from the emu is the oil that is refined from the fat of the bird. We will explore emu oil in depth in the following post.

To be continued…

Once upon a time, there was an Emu Farmer - Part 1

Largely influenced by visits to Grandpa’s farm as a young boy, Mike Martin would eventually work the holidays and summers of his teenage years on that same farm with his uncle putting in long hours for low pay, and “loved it!” “I was totally immersed into it.” While his uncle was a wheat farmer, there were also cattle, sheep, and chickens which provided the livestock and poultry exposure.

After high school, Mike served a tour of duty in the military, married and started a family. This caused him to have to consider stable employment to provide for the family. Even then, they bought a large piece of land, planted a garden on it, and rented the rest out.

It wasn’t until 1993 that Mike was able to begin to fulfill a lifelong dream when he and his second wife Dee, bought a 23 acre piece of property to dedicate to farming. The property, called 4D Acres, was named after Mike (Dad), his wife Dee, and their two sons David and Daniel.

They began raising chickens as Mike did not like the taste of store-bought chickens. Free range broiler chickens are still a staple part of the farm today.

Around 1996 Mike and Dee began to look further into other livestock to optimize the operation. At one point they had four head of cattle, but the farm size would not allow for much more, and therefore would not be sustainable.

It was at a summer farm show in Southeast Kansas that Mike first saw some baby emus and after talking with the owners took some information. His intentions were to explore it further upon arriving home, the busy-ness of life caused that information to gather dust and eventually find its way into the round file known as the trash can. The following February, Mike was again at a farm meeting and came across more information about the emus from the Missouri Emu Association. After considering it again, Mike got in contact with the Kansas Emu Association and found a monthly meeting that was relatively close to home, which the family began attending to research more about the potential to raise emus.

The timing happened to be right, as the prices for emu were dropping, after there had been much market speculation regarding the bird’s value. Because the emu was an exotic livestock market and not a product developing market, it saturated very quickly. Mike knew that he would need to market the product potential of the emu to make the venture worthwhile.

To be continued…


Help for a Dietary Dilemma

It seems as if dietary guidelines change every time we turn around. From low fat to no fat, from low carb to liquid diets, the list goes on. One thing that has been found to be true again and again in real scientific studies is that our bodies need fat – the right kind of fat in the right proportions.

Although some would argue that all you need to have the right nutrition is to eat a well-balanced diet, that is indeed easier said than done. Our busy lifestyles, on the run eating habits, and unavailability of certain food types because of seasons or geographic locations all contribute to a lack of nutritional balance.

When it comes to healthy fats, or essential fatty acids, we have been told that the best ones for our bodies are unsaturated fats, especially Omega fatty acids. They aid the body in maintaining a healthy metabolism and also in the reduction of cholesterol, by balancing the saturated fat content in the body. Not often found in the typical American diet, these fats are normally found in marine and plant oils, but also in emu oil. For this reason, it is wise to supplement your diet with sources of Omega fatty acids not found in your typical diet, and a gel cap is one of the best ways to implement essential fatty acids to your diet.

This all-natural dietary supplement is an excellent source of Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids that are required for maintaining optimum health. 4 D Acres offers a convenient daily supplement called Emu-Gel Caps to provide you with these essential fatty acids. Don’t believe us, though. Take it from our customer!

I have been using emu oil capsules since the Wichita farm show. You were convincing when you talked about the change in your cholesterol readings. I think I told you at Wichita in November that I have suffered foot pain for several years because of bone spurs on my heels. I just realized that I don't have this pain anymore. I have not changed any of my meds. - C. Henton, Manhattan, Kansas
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