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Minnesota Elk Breeders Association Hopes to Attract More Breeders at Annual Conference [AUDIO]

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ST. CLOUD — Some of you may raise horses, cows, or many other animals. But, have you thought about raising elk?

The Minnesota Elk Breeders Association will be holding their Annual Conference at the River’s Edge Convention Center tomorrow (Saturday).

Brenda Hartkopf is the Executive Secretary for the Minnesota Elk Breeders Association. She says elk breeding has declined, but the market continues to grow.

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While breeders may raise elk as a source of food, Hartkopf says there are many other uses for the animal.

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Experts will be on hand to talk about concerns of Elk Breeding, such as feeding, health, and Minnesota environment.

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Hartkopf says the high demand of elk products has increased the need for breeders. She has been raising elk for the past 20 years, and says they are easier than most animals.

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The conference will be held in the Herberger Suite of the River’s Edge Convention Center starting at 8:00 a.m. and is open to everyone.

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