Rabbits : Rabbits Agriculture
Brittany & Jess
Due: June 9, 2009 Industry/Market : Industry/Market Popularity
May increase in popularity if additional meat processing plants were set up in the province
Meat is served as a delicacy in restaurants
Swift Current has the only rabbit mean processing facility on the prairies at the present time. Different Breeds : Different Breeds There are several different breeds that are classified according to weight, size, and color
3-4 pounds at maturity
Two most popular breeds for meat production are the New Zealand and the Californian History/Future : History/Future Rabbit production was developed to supply felt-hat manufacturers
Meat production was secondary
After World War II, demand for rabbit meat has been increasing in Canada
Future for rabbit meat production looks promising because rabbits consume a high forage diet, and do not compete with humans for food
Can produce almost five times as much meat per body weight as a beef cow Farming : Farming May specialize in;
Breeding stock production
Research Animal Production
Farm sizes vary, but the average commercial production unit has 100-150 rabbits
Production or rabbits for research is most profitable
Estimated average consumption of rabbit meat in Canada is about 50 grams, compared to over 5 kg in Europe Housing : Housing Rabbits are kept in a shed, barn, or other encloses structure to prevent attacks from predators
“House” should be kept cool in summer, and heated in winter and always be lit.
Wire cages are recommended
Easy to keep clean
Waste falls through the bottom
Elevated 2-3 feet above ground
All rabbits require 0.6 square meters each. Feed/Health : Feed/Health Water droppers are the best for watering
Grass hay should be fed in unlimited quantities to rabbits
Require high levels of fibre
Commercial rabbits can live off of just pellets
Food that has all the needed nutrients Disease Prevention : Disease Prevention Never loan bucks to others.
Isolate new rabbits for 30 days.
Quickly dispose of dead rabbits. If disease is suspected, disinfect cage and all equipment, and burn droppings.
Clean cages regularly.
Wash and disinfect nest boxes after each litter.
Vacuum accumulated fur from cages and equipment.
Keep water clean and periodically flush lines.