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Welcome to the 2001 web cam from Meadow Creek Elk Farms. We will bring you updated photos and progress of some of the bulls from our herd as they grow their 2001 velvet antler.


Casting of buttons - Sometime in late March or early April the bull elk start casting their buttons. A Button is a term used for the small piece of antler that is left on the full head after the antler was harvested the year before.


Aug, 30, 2010 Our breeding bull is beginning to show signs of the rut  

April 2001 Photos

Bob Susen, owner feeding bulls in early April:

Did you know - Antlers regrow every year!

Four year old, #740 in Early April:                    #740 in Mid April:


Did you know - Only the bulls (males) grow antlers!

Late April:                                                                Early May:


Did you know - Antlers are the fastest growing organ in the animal kingdom!

May 7:                                                                         May 8: #740


Elk replace all of their hair twice a year - once in spring and once in fall

May 8:   #940                                                            May 8:  Group Photo


Did you know - Antlers can grow up to one  inch (2.5 cm) a day!

May 9:   #740                                                            May 9: #940(at right)


Did you know - Velvet Antler is a term used when the antler is in the early stages of growth!

May 9:   #605                                                       May 9: Group Photo


Did you know - Velvet Antler is rich with nutrients, hormone and other growth enhancing substances! 

May 9:                                                                      May 10: Group Picture


Did you know - The velvet is harvested at its maximum nutritional and medicinal value!

May 10:    #740                                                                  May 10: #940      

Did you know - During the elk's second year, he usually grows unbranched antlers called spikes.  Many refer to the young one year old male as a "spiker"!

May 11:     #605                                                            May 11: #740


Did you know - It is essential to properly harvest velvet antler to ensure the best quality of the finished product!

May 11:   #940                                                             May 12 #940


Did you know - Antlers begin as layers of cartilage that slowly mineralizes into bone!

May 12:   #740                                                             

                                                                            May 12 # 115 First Calf of the Season



 Did you know - Antler has been an essential ingredient in herbal medicine for thousands of years!                                                    

Did you know - Nutrition is key is developing quality antlers.  Elk are grazers, and are fed a supplement of grain to round out their  "all natural" diet.

Did you know  - Cows at Meadow Creek have begun to have their 2001 calves!  Large  habitat areas on the farm give mothers an opportunity  to calf in a natural environment.

May 13:   #46                                                       May 13: #740


Did you know - There is a estimated 110,000 domestic elk in the United States, being raised mainly for antler production!

May 14:  #                                                                   May 14:  #54


Did you know - Over 250 citations and researach reports have been written about velvet antler and its benefits as a nutraceutical  supplement!

May 15:  # 740                                                                  May 15: #605


Did you know - Soon to be released are the proceedings from the "Antler Science and Product Technology Symposium" -  which will summarize the research on the pharmacology and biotechnology aspects of velvet antler!

May 16:  # 72                                                                May 16: #437


Did you know - The effect of elk velvet antler on rheumatoid arthritis suffers will be studied during a clinical trial conducted of research teams from the University of Alberta and University of Calgary in Canada!

May 17:   #605                                                      May 18 #46


Did you know - Active ingredients found in elk velvet antler include minerals, protein, fatty acids, growth hormones and Glycosaminoglycans (specifically Chondroitin sulfate & Glucosamine sulfate which promote healthly joints.)

May 19: #940                                                                       May 19: #54


Did you know - Elk velvet antler contains about 25 different amino acids, including all eight of the essential ones. Essential amino acids must be supplied to our body through proper nutrition. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein (aid in the growth and repair of tissues.)

May 20: #46                                                          May 20: # 605


Did you know - Elk Velvet Antler contains type II collagen. Collagen is a major structural component of bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.  Collagen, when used as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, acts as an agent for tolerating the immune system!

May 21: #740                                                         May 21: # 46


Did you know - According to Dr. Gregory R. Mundy, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center - Osteoporosis is a major problem because it's such a common disease and of the drug therapies at the present time none of them are totally adequate.  The most compelling need in osteoporosis is a drug that's going restore or rebuild the bone that's been lost!  Now I'm certainly intrigued by the possibilities that with antler tissue there are ingredients that cause such tremendous growth of bone and that could be used potentially doing just what we need in osteoporosis - restoring the bone that's been lost over decades.

May 22: #605                                                         May 22: # 940  

Did you know - Elk Velvet antler has scientific evidence to substantiate a claim that states  velvet antler "Provides Nutritional Support for Joint Structure and Function."

May 24: #54                                                         May 24: # 940


Did you know - The antler will complete its growing cycle in approximately 120 days, when the growing stops and a mineralization of  bone takes place along with the shedding of the velvet skin.

May 25: #740                                                    May 25: # 940


Did you know - Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM_ emphasizes the synergistic effects of herbs with a history exceeding 2,000 year. Velvet antlers  has been used in TCM to enhance the function of our body as a tonic and treat diseases.

May 26 #     46                                                               May 26: # 54


Did you know - Historical use of velvet antlers includes several cultures besides the Chinese -  People of Tibet, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, Russia  plus Indian tribes  of Northern Mexico have all reportedly used velvet antler  long before it became available in  capsule form in the United States.

                                                     May 27 #     Group Photo                                                      

May 28 #     72                                                               May 28: # 106


Did you know:  According to the ASPT Research Center  extensive in vivo and in vitro studies, antler preparations convincingly show that velvet antler contains an active component(s) which influence body metabolism in general, protect and restore damaged organ tissues, promote immune and phagocytic functions, slow the aging process, have hypotensive-vascular effect and enhance gonadotrophic and thyroid functions.

May 30 #     106                                                               May 30 # 940


Did you know:  A review  and summary of research and studies on the effects of velvet antler has been published in booklet form called "Velvet Antler: A Literature Review", written by senior editor of Mother Nature.Com, Helen J. Batchelder. (available in our online store)

June 1 # 605                                                            June 1 # 541


Did you know:  As reported by Dr. J.S. Church in a report titled, Velvet Antler: Its historical medical use, performance enhancing effects and pharmacology, component of velvet antler, prostaglandins  may assist in the reduction of swelling associated with arthritis and injury.

 June2 # 54                                                                       June 2 # 541   

Did you know:  Each year  the North American Elk Breeder's Association (NAEBA) holds regional and international elk antler competitions.  Date for the  North Central  Region is July 20 & 21 in Fargo North Dakota.  See complete details on

June3 # 106                                                                     June 3 # 46


Did you know:  A Reverse Trade Mission with a Korean delegation  will visit the Regional elk antler competition being held July 27 & 28 in Bellaire, Mich.  Among the Korean visitors will be the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), who will be filming to produce a documentary on the U.S. velvet product and market.

June4 # 72                                                                     June 4 # 106  

Did you know:  The market demands quality elk antler. Meadow Creek Elk Farms participates in the American Elk Products Board (AEPB)  Quality Assurance Program to ensure the highest quality products for the public. 

June5 # 940                                                                     June 6 # 657


Did you know:  Owners at  Meadow Creek Elk Farms have been trained on  the proper and precise velveting techniques.  All antler is harvested without causing harm to the elk.

June 6 848                                                                    June 7 #842   


Did you know:  Antler is kept frozen  to preserve it's high nutrient content until it is  shipped to the processing facility.

June 8 #657                                                                            June 8 #940 


Did you know:  Last year 10,600 lbs of velvet antler was harvested from Wisconsin elk farmers and sold to a wholesale buyer.

June 9 #842                                                                           June 9 #437   

  Did you know:  Meadow Creek Elk Farms, LLC uses premium quality  velvet antler from their bulls in their "North American Elk Velvet Antler " capsules.

June 10  # 657                                                                      June 10 #848 


Did you know:  Research has show that different sections of the velvet antler provide different composition analysis.  While the tip or upper part has the greatest amount of  Uronic acid and GAG's, the lower or base section has greater amounts of collagen, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.

June 11 #940                                                                        June 11 #437 


Did you know:  The complete, or  the whole antler is used in the manufacturing of  Meadow Creek Elk Farms capsules.

June 12 # 751                                                                  June 12  #813


Did you know:  Our velvet antler is processed in a licensed "state inspected " facility using a HACCPP plan for quality and safety purposes.

                                                           June 13 #437                                                                 

Did you know:  This bull will be ready for harvest within two days.  The antler growth is at its prime stage now and must be preserved for maximum benefit.

June 14 # 657                                                                  June 15  #940  


June 18 # 842                                                                  June 18  #911



June 19 # 911                                                            June 19 # 948


June 21 # 842                                                           June 21 # 948



Bonus Photo:  Grandson Brandon keeping Grandpa feed the elk cows June 20, 2001

Did you know: We appreciate that you took the time to look at our photos.

Thank you,

Bob and Diana Susen