1. What are the advantages of emus, ostriches, and rheas being raised instead of cows/cattle? From what country did these animals originate?
They are easy to handle and hatch. On an acre of land a farmer can raise one cow. Twenty of these large birds can be raised on one acre of land. They were brought here from Australia having been used by the Aborigines for centuries.
2. Going back to the horses brought to America by the 16th-century Spanish conquistadors, what other animals have contributed to the growth of the Georgia economy?
The Spanish also brought pigs, which was a source of meat for them. These remained and became part of the diet of the native Americans and consequently the settlers of Georgia. Chickens/hens, turkeys, and other wild birds have become industries within themselves in Georgia. We are one of the largest egg-producing and chicken-processing states in the nation. The shrimp that have been prolific in the waters off our Atlantic coast have contributed greatly to our economy, as well.