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- Rabbit are strictly
herbivores and have a very unique, sensitive digestive tract.
- All rabbits, even
house rabbits, should have their own personal cage. A cage should serve
as protection from other household pets, unruly kids, and as a secure,
safe haven when human owners are not present to supervise bunny’s
- Fresh or frozen,
rabbit meat is sold all year round. It can be used in most of the ways
in which chicken is used.
- The economical
difficulties in making living from farming in Finland forced the farmers
to look to other sources of income than traditional farming. Angora
rabbit farming was one of those fields. The first animals bred for
angora wool production were imported from Sweden.
- Rabbits seem always
to have been a part of the countryside, but they were introduced by the
Normans in the twelfth century, and had to be carefully nurtured in
special enclosures called warrens. The word ‘warren’ comes from the
French word ‘garenne’. The Medieval word for a rabbit was ‘coney’; only
the young ones were called ‘rabbits’.
- Advanced genetic
technologies are being used to help farmers diversify into rabbit
- It is reported
digestibility coefficients and growth and conversion parameters in
rabbits fed with commercial rabbit pellets supplemented by 15 or 30 g
daily of multi-nutrient mini-blocks. The treatments consisted of a
control , a treatment using 15 g/day MNB + pellets ad libitum and
another using 30 g/day of MNB + pellets ad libitum.
- The majority of
the respondents had agriculture and allied fields as their main
occupation and most of the rich farmers had taken an interest in rabbit
rearing. Both nuclear family and joint family system were nearly equally
represented in the sample. High innovativeness was also observed. This
may be due to the reason that rabbit rearing being a relatively new
farming activity, only innovative farmers tend to venture.
- Rabbit farms vary
considerably in size and scope, from a few rabbits for family
consumption to large commercial operations. In the United States,
approximately 200,000 producers market 6 to 8 million rabbits annually.
Many breeds of rabbits are produced commercially in this country.
Rabbits are raised for meat, research, breeding, stock, and youth
programs, such as 4-H and FFA.
- Prices for meat
rabbits in NSW were about $3.80 per kilogram live weight or about $7.02
dressed weight. On average, rabbits reach slaughter weights of about 3
kg live weight or 1.5–1.6 kg dressed weight. Sale of skins was
approximately $6.10 per kilogram or about $0.60 per skin. Profitability
is very sensitive to feed prices, with costs in NSW for 2005 at about
$400–$450 per tonne, depending on transport costs. The projected growth
for the industry is about 10% per year.
educational film entitled "Rabbit Farming," recently released by the U. S.
Department of Agriculture, offers to the prospective rabbit fancier the
fundamentals of this branch of animal production
grow rapidly and their growth rate is comparable to that of broiler
chickens. Rabbits have a good meat-to-bone ratio and more efficient food
conversion than other livestock animals. Domestic rabbit meat has higher
consumer demand in many European and Asiatic countries .
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