NAEBA Reaches 35% Membership Growth in Last 14 Months
October 8, 2014
All Signs Show Elk Industry on the Rise
October 8, 2014
HOWARD LAKE, MN- The North American Elk Breeders Association has reached another new milestone of membership growth. Since the August 2013 Convention NAEBA has grown its membership by 35%.
The elk industry has seen many signs of new life in the last couple years. Markets have grown in all areas from velvet prices to hard antler to trophy bulls. As interest in elk grows, NAEBA’s membership ascends as well. Elk ranchers have contacted the office to join the association and enjoy the countless membership services. Others have been approached as NAEBA increases its presence in states and provinces across the continent.
Executive Director Travis Lowe said the staff and board directors are expecting this trend to continue. “There’s a lot to be excited about right now,” Lowe told the board of directors in a recent meeting.
NAEBA has worked diligently to establish and renew relationships with other likeminded organizations. “NAEBA is just doing a lot right now and that’s how it should be. We do our jobs and elk ranchers will respond. It is an exciting time.”
This growth has come from all of NAEBA’s membership regions and not just centered in one specific area. “That’s the cool thing,” added Lowe. “We are getting a new member from Utah and then Saskatchewan. The next day it’s Indiana and Alberta. We are thankful to have a good foundation of people to help make this thrive.”
NAEBA’s 2014 Convention in Kansas City had many attend for the first time or return for the first time in several years. Antler competition participation grew by 35% compared to the previous year. Most elk market prices to producers have doubled since 2009. With the surging demand, there is actually an animal shortage, which has led NAEBA to encourage members to breed all their cows to ensure the supply sustains the demand.