More than an elk farm.......
We Specialize in Quality Elk Products
West Bend, WI USA
LEADING THE WAY IN THE NEW ERA OF AGRICULTURE AND HEALTH AWARENESS
we support economic development of sustainable
farming in communities that promote preservation of Wisconsin's natural
resources, cultural and agricultural heritage
The barn and outbuildings on
our 130 year old homestead, in rural West Bend, WI, sat vacant for many years. Long gone
days of dairy cows in the barn, crops in the fields and corn in the silo.
Today a new era in agriculture and health awareness has made this old
farm useful once again. The pastures are enclosed with eight foot fence.
dairy cows have been replaced with elk that forage on high quality grasses
and legumes for their native diet. Supplemented with hay, to maintain their
body condition, our elk live low-stress lives, allowing for the development of high quality antlers
and safe, healthy, natural and nutritious meat. The heritage of farming will
continue to grow as this exploding new industry unfolds.
At Meadow Creek Elk Farms,
LLC (MCEF) we raise the elk for their velvet antler, a mainstay in
traditional Chinese medicine, probably second only to ginseng in importance.
The antlers are harvested annually during the early stages of growth
(velvet), dried and are used in the form of powder or in capsule form.
Velvet antler is taken as a nutritional supplement for maintaining healthy
joints, , to boost strength and endurance,
the immune system, energy and for anti-aging. MCEF is
Wisconsin's largest distributor of elk velvet antler capsules, supplying
Herbal Companies, Health and Nutrition Stores and other elk and deer ranchers
with 100% elk velvet antler capsules for distribution. We also supply
Korean families living in close proximity to WI, frozen velvet antler. MCEF Secure Online
ordering offers for both velvet antler capsules and educational books and
materials about velvet antler, shipped priority US mail daily. Visit our
Antler" page for information about the benefits of velvet antler. Another
velvet antler product we sell is e-fusion lotion®, a moisturizing lotion
used to renew and rejuvenate the skin. In 2007 we received the
exclusive rights for our product name and formula with being granted the
registered trademark from the US Patent office. The secondary and
growing market is selling elk meat, our safe, healthy, naturally lean and nutritious elk meat
is available in a variety of cuts and can be purchased at the farm or at
select retail locations. Please read
more about the benefits of eating our elk meat
by-product from the elk is their ivory teeth. We engage with a local
goldsmith to make beautiful sterling silver pendants and earrings with the
ivories which we sell on our website. With extra hard antler, Bob has
been creating antler decor items such as lamps, benches and tables which he
offers for sale on our webstore ....visit
2012 marks our 16th Anniversary
drawing by Dolores Berger (Diana's mother)
At the age of 80, Dolores has developed a
hidden talent in being able to draw free hand using her computer
MCEF is a registered elk farm with the Wisconsin Department of
Agriculture. Routine whole herd TB tests are performed by the farm's
veterinarian, giving MCEF an accredited status with the WDATCP. MECF also
participates in the WI CWD Monitoring Program and has all slaughter
and dead elk tested for CWD
As members of NAEBA, MCEF uses DNA and/or purity blood
tests when registering their elk with the North American Elk Breeder's
Association, a national elk registry organization.
MCEF has been awarded the
American Elk Products Board - Elk Producer Quality Seal License. This
license is given to farms that practice good management practices which
include using natural feed, using guidelines established for quality
velvet harvesting and raising elk in a harm free environment.
As members of The Wisconsin
Commercial Elk and Deer Farmer's Association, MCEF plays an active role in
participating in association events and functions, as well as volunteering
on various committees. Diana has held the position of
Secretary/Treasurer for WCDEFA for two, consecutive terms.
Owners Bob and Diana Susen promote communities that support
Agriculture, and preservation of family farms. We are
members of the following organizations:
Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT)
Town and Country RC & D, Inc.
has served on the town of Farmington 's Plan Commission
for 18 years. She has been an advocate of family farms, smart growth and
Creek Elk Farms is enrolled in the Something
Special From Wisconsin" Logo granted by the Wisconsin Department of
Agriculture, Trade, Consumer Protection.
Look for our listing in the Farm Fresh Atlas:
MCEF holds the following permits and licenses:
Wisconsin Seller’s Permit #
Retail Food Establishment License # 78 065886
Meat & Poultry Whls License # 45 065779
Wisconsin Farm Raised Deer Registration #19 000235
MCEF is owned by Bob and Diana
Susen and was
established in 1996. MCEF consists of two farms located in rural
Washington County. We use both locations during specific times of the
In early spring the elk
cast their buttons and start growing their new
antlers. Antlers are the fastest growing organs in the animal kingdom and
can grow up to an inch a day. Antlers are harvested according to strict
guidelines in a hygiene environment, causing no harm to the elk. read more
about velvet antler.
time starts in late May when mothers give birth to healthy 40 pound
calves. Each calf is tagged at birth with a dangle ear tag to ensure
genetic identification. Complete and accurate records are kept using the
latest computer software for livestock farming.
Breeding takes place in
fall during the rut, usually September when one of the bulls is brought to
visit the cows for about one month. MCEF uses natural breeding with bulls
of high quality bloodlines such as Reed, Clearstone and Fargo.
Elk are very hardy
livestock with natural immunity to most diseases. Nutrition plays an
important role in keeping elk healthy and for producing premium antlers.
Elk at MCEF graze on alfalfa pastures and are fed proper balance of
high-quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Using an
Agri-Nutrition consultant, custom supplement mixes are formulated and
given to bulls, cows, and calves to maintain the health of the herd.
We do not use pesticides,
and our elk are free of hormones, and antibiotics.
MCEF is enrolled in the CWD monitoring program. All elk
slaughtered for meat are tested for CWD to ensure safety for our
customers. Complete information on CWD can be found at http://www.naelk.org
Meadow Creek Elk Farms is proud to have been
chosen as a participant in workshops and meetings that encourage the
use of locally farm products.
September 11, 2010
Farmfresh fundraiser dinner
January 24, 2009
Growing Green Seminar
New Holstein,WI-Fall Harvest
Oconomowoc, WI - SARE National
Future Farming Forum
Mead Inn, Wisconsin Rapids - WCDEFA Annual
Convention speaking on marketing and testimonials
Oconomowoc Lake Club, Oconomowoc - Town and
Country RC & D Annual Meeting
Washington County Fair Park, West Bend -
Business to Business Expo with Schwai's Meat and Sausage
Waukesha, UWExtension - Farm Direct Workshop;
Milwaukee, Brown Deer Park Club House -
Slow Food's Annual Meeting & Social
MCEF has been
active in promoting both the elk industry and our products of elk
meat and velvet antler.
We have been involved in several media interviews that featured our
farm in newspapers, magazines, on radio, and television.
The Daily News,
September 29, 2009 "Local businesses support local athletes in AODA
The Kewaskum Statesman,
September 3, 2009 "Meadow Creek ELk Farms helps makes Triathlon a
Open Spaces, Spring, 2009
Newsletter, "Growing Green Seminar Highly Successful">>
The Daily News,
January 12, 2009, "Looking to break out of the norm?, by Kristine
UPN-TV-32 Green Bay
and Pax V-55 Milwaukee May 29, 2006 "Now We're Cooking" with Dan Davis
to view show segments, click HERE
Agri-View, May 19, 2006,
"Velvet Antler is Primary Focus for Susens", by Kelli Gunderson, Livestock
The Daily News, February 25, 2006
"Herd It's Improving",
by Laura Bayard -to view text from Herd It's Improving, please click
- The Country Today, February 6, 2002
"Beginners make a success of elk production", by Ann Hansen
- Daily News, December 11, 1997
"Farmington residents buying into benefits of being elk
"Alternative agriculture leads
Washington County couple
Kewaskum Statesmen, December 11,
1997, "Area Residents Raising Elk"
WTMJ - Channel 4-Milwaukee, January,
- AgVentures Magazine,
October/November, 1998, "Raising a Renewable Resource"
- WBKV - Radio 1470, June, 1998 "Morning
Magazine with MCEF & Dr. Burgio"
- Wisconsin Outdoor News, Feb. 13, 1998, "Wisconsin
elk thriving on farms too!"
- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
December 9, 1999, "On elk farm, antlers are horns of
addition Diana has been a solicited speaker on velvet antler for The
Wisconsin Commercial Deer and Elk Farmers Association and other service
organizations, and has participated in various events including Wisconsin
Farm-City Council Days, Wisconsin Women for Agriculture's Legislative
Brunch, Farm Progress Days, World Dairy Expo & Governor's Breakfast for
International Buyers, Legislative Day at the State Capitol
velvet antler Diana has been a delegate to nutraceutical functions such as
The Natural Products Expo-Baltimore and Anaheim, and the International
Symposium on Velvet Antler in Banff, Canada.
In July, 2001 Diana, along with 2 other
delegates from Wisconsin traveled to Washington to visit with legislators
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