Elk velvet antler (EVA) is an incredibly beneficial natural resource that can promote strength, stamina, and a healthy immune system in humans and animals alike. In fact, it’s been used as a powerful dietary supplement and health treatment throughout the Eastern world for thousands of years. However, before EVA can be utilized for medicine and supplements, it must be extracted from harvested antlers in velvet first. But how does this process work? And are the elk involved put at risk or harmed? Today, we’ll be walking you through the potential dangers of improper EVA extraction and teaching you about how Wapiti Labs humanely harvests it.
The Dangers of Improper Elk Velvet Antler Harvesting
Antler removal is a surgical procedure, and improper or poor technique can cause great harm to animals and their veterinarians. Some EVA producers don’t take all of the necessary steps to effectively and safely handle and restrain the bulls they harvest from. Worse yet, some use cruel and dangerous physical and chemical restraints to keep their animals in place, resulting in painful and stressful antler removal. Furthermore, elk are very easily startled by rapid movement, noise, and unfamiliar situations and people. Consequently, aggressive or violent extraction of EVA can cause elk to panic and run, potentially causing significant damage to their caregivers and themselves. That’s why it’s so critical to choose an EVA provider that treats its elk with compassion and care.
Now that you understand some of the risks of incorrect EVA harvesting let’s discuss how Wapiti Labs safely extracts this powerful medicinal substance from its happy and healthy bulls.
How Wapiti Labs Harvests Elk Velvet Antler
Wapiti Labs’ 320-acre ranch is a pollution-free paradise for elk. Our animals spend their days grazing, roaming, and socializing with other herd members under the close supervision of our expert head veterinarian. To minimize stress, grazing land does not exceed two animals per acre. All of our elk are certified by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and are registered with the North American Elk Breeders Association. Additionally, extensive routine checks are performed by a registered vet and a certified nutritionist to guarantee that all of our animals are in good health. Last but not least, Wolf Creek Elk Ranch has been certified CWD and tuberculosis free.
EVA is painlessly harvested from our healthy bulls once per year. We start harvesting a bull’s antlers when it is roughly one to two years old, and this yearly process will continue until the animal is around 15 years old. Antler is actually an elk’s fastest-growing tissue, and it fully regenerates for every harvest, making it a superbly renewable resource. It might seem surprising, but the male elk aren’t negatively affected by losing their antlers for a matter of months. In fact, elk naturally shed their antlers every year as their testosterone levels drop around later fall or early winter.
Most importantly, we follow the safest harvesting procedures to ensure that our animals aren’t harmed or traumatized. Wapiti’s bulls have their antlers gently removed in a low-stress process under the direct supervision of the herd veterinarian. Once an elk’s antlers have been removed, it won’t experience any pain or harmful side effects, allowing it to quickly return to the herd and continue its carefree life.
Order Elk Velvet Antler Supplements From Wapiti Labs Today
If you’re interested in promoting the long-term health and well-being of your family members or companion animals, consider ordering EVA supplements from Wapiti Labs. We offer an extensive selection of elk antler products that promote strength, vitality, mobility, longevity, flexibility, and more. Look around our site, explore your options for a while, and don’t hesitate to call or message us if you have any questions or concerns about our products or EVA harvesting process. We’d love to hear from you.