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Haka Valley Wallabies
Nov 28th, 2014 at 8:17am
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I have heard discussion on the eating of wallaby meat.  Are wallabies susceptible to parasites and is the meat safe to eat semi raw or does it need a lot of heat when cooking?
  

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Re: Haka Valley Wallabies
Reply #1 - Nov 29th, 2014 at 1:53am
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Hi weathered,
Wallabies are quite prone to gastointestinal parasitism eg: if gutted cleanly most will be fine.

In Australia some species of wildlife, including wallabies have also been show to carry trichinella a muscle parasite that theoretically humans may catch by eating under cooked meat.(not common in pork here but one reason to cook pork well)
I am not aware of diagnosed cases in NZ attributed to eating wallabies from here. (One case in a kiwi woman blamed on eating wallaby in Tassie)  Tasmania is the only state Im aware of with trichinella endemic in the wildlife.
I note that wallabies are also significant carriers of toxoplasma in Australia.



Ive eaten a few kangaroo steaks medium rare and it didnt do me no harm but if in doubt cook it well anyway.
  
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Re: Haka Valley Wallabies
Reply #2 - Nov 29th, 2014 at 5:35am
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tails make an awesome stew/casserole, tried as a roast and found it very bland..less taste than lamb and as no fat at all quite dry..steak was ok but nothing to rave over...personally would rate hare higher Wink
  
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Reply #3 - Nov 29th, 2014 at 5:48am
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Heard others say its very tasty..

Quite a bit is used in pet food, and Premium Game is processing it for human consumption.
  

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Re: Haka Valley Wallabies
Reply #4 - Nov 29th, 2014 at 10:18pm
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Does the raw wallaby pose any issues for feeding to cats?
I feed quite a lot of wallaby to our cats and haven't had any problems.
  

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