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General
  • 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 activities.
  • Fresh or frozen, rabbit meat is sold all year round. It can be used in most of the ways in which chicken is used.

Production

  • 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’.

Technology

  • Advanced genetic technologies are being used to help farmers diversify into rabbit production.
  • 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.

Market

  • 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.

Report

  • A one-reel 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

  • Rabbits 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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