Quite a strong home market demand exists, with processors unable to source enough birds. Cheap imports from South Africa meets the shortfall in domestic production. The meat is very low in cholesterol and high in protein. Farmers markets may offer a local outlet for this "exotic" meat. Feathers - limited UK market/export Spain and Italy. The hides are also a valuable feature of the ostrich fetching between £35 - £120 depending upon quality (if sold to wholesaler the hide price would be roughly half the retail value).