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Game Meat
Ethnic and Special Diet Information regarding the various specialities and services that Independent Local Butchers provide.

While not necessarily wild, Game Meat is see as an animal that is exotic or unusual for eating. While wild Game Meat is renowned for its "gamey" flavour, domesticated Game Meat also has its own flavor, typically richer than beef and pork, yet milder than wild game. Game Meat tends to be lower in fat and cholesterol which can make them less tender and dry. However, proper preparation and awareness should lead to an excellent meal.

Game Meat Specialist - Many butchers carry a wide selection of game meat both wild and domesticated. Some butchers deal solely in Game Meat. 

Camel - Camel meat is bred in Australia for the a variety of purposes, including slaughter for meat. The texture is said to be similar to beef, but is not gamey with a unique taste.

Hare - The hare is distinguished from the rabbit by longer ears, feet and body.

Venison - Usually deer meat. Animals can be farmed or wild, and the term venison also applies to elk meat, moose meat, caribou meat, and reindeer meat, all of which can be used interchangeably. 

Boar - Essentially wild pig. Wild Boar can be hunted and farmed.  Sows breed only once a year, producing a litter in the spring, averaging six young. Being very hardy, they live their entire lives outside, and are well suited to woodland habitats. The animals grow slowly, taking from 12 to 18 months to mature, when they become the size of a pork pig. Wild Boar is dark in colour and is known for its strong taste, described as a cross between venison and beef.

Crocodile - A white game meat, animals are raised on farms in Australia. The meat  does tend to have a slightly higher cholesterol level than other meats. Crocodile meat has a delicate flavour and its texture is not dissimilar to fish.

Kangaroo - Is low in fat and cholesterol and high in protein. The meat is a ruby like red with a soft fine texture and tender muscle fibers. There is virtually no fat and little connective tissue.

Rabbit - Rabbit meat can be wild or farmed, but generally is farmed due to disease in the wild. Farmed rabbit has a different texture to wild rabbit and has a white meat similar to chicken. It is also lower in fat than most other meats including chicken.

White Rabbit - Farmed rabbit that has white fur. Often bred and culled in New Zealand and the meat exported to Australia

Buffalo - Mainly bred in the United States, Buffalo meat very low in fat and cholesterol compared to beef and lamb. Buffalo also contains significant amounts of omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, and high levels of iron and zinc

Goat - A mild and sweet tasting meat, not gamey, low in fat, and is best cooked at a low temperature to retain moisture. Goats are grown for meat and wool (mohair) all over Australia, although many specialty breeds are being grown in Queensland.
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