Now that USDA-inspected axis deer meat is for sale on Maui, the University of Hawai'i Maui College's Of?ce of Continuing Education and Training (OCET) is offering a three-part course to help interested students explore the feasibility of developing an axis deer by-products operation. Deer by-products markets for hides, antlers, bone and blood meal and other types of compost, waste meat for dog food, and deer parts that are aphrodisiacs will all be discussed.
Part one will explore the how to determine if selling animal by-products is feasible on Maui in regard to the challenges of rules and regulations about animal waste processing facilities, ?nding a consistent supply, and working with existing slaughterhouses.
Part two focuses on understanding competition and developing an export market.
Part three will examine what type of organizational structure, scale and size of operation would work best for ?nancial success.
All three classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning with part one on July 17, 24, 13 and Aug. 7. Part two will be held on Aug. 14, 21, 28 and Sept. 4. Part three will be held on three Thursdays from Sept. 11 through 25.
The course will be available via the University of Hawai'i Polycom system for Molokai and Lana'i.
The classes are offered by OCET under its U.S. Department of Labor grant to promote job creation in sustainable agriculture (C3T), in conjunction with the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) and EdVenture.
Register by calling EdVenture at 984-3231, or online at edventuremaui.com. A discount is available for registering for all three parts. Tuition assistance may be available for eligible applicants. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.