Rabbits

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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 Small 3-4 pounds at maturity Medium 9-12 pounds Large 14-16 pounds 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; Meat production 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 Waste buildup 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. Control flies

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