Commercial:Commercial Rabbit Production

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Rabbit farming is one of the oldest forms of livestock production and a practical enterprise for farmers.

For consumers, rabbit meat is a healthy meat alternative that contains less fat and is higher in protein than some red meat.

Commercial Rabbit Production

Meat

Raising rabbits is not a "get rich quick" business. The rabbit business can be profitable on a small scale or as a full-time operation, provided particular attention is paid to the selection of a good breeding herd and good management is practiced on a daily basis. Interested individuals should realize that daily care is required and a capital investment is necessary for the proper facility. An important point, which many producers may take for granted, is to establish a suitable market prior to starting in different areas of the country. Another consideration is particular zoning laws which may differ in each community. There is ample information available for those interested in rabbit production.

Laboratory

Laboratory Rabbit
Rabbits have been and continue to be used in laboratory work such as production of antibodies for vaccines and research of human male reproductive system toxicology. Experiments with rabbits date back to Louis Pausture's work in France in the 1800s. In 1972, around 450 000 rabbits were used for experiments in the United States, decreasing to around 240 000 in 2006.

Wool

Rabbits are also raised to produce wool.
Any of the wool breeds are capable of producing wool, but length, texture and color of the fiber will vary across each breed.

Pet

Pet rabbit breeders usually supply young, small rabbits to satisfy customer demand and may see a seasonal increase in demand for rabbits at Easter.




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