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A Knowledgebase for the Rabbit Industry...
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RabbitPedia is designed to create a knowledgebase for the rabbit industry. Some of the work here is from our own experiences over the last 12 years operating Texlan Rabbits. Additionally there are excerpts and links to many websites that contain very good articles and information about raising, showing and marketing rabbits that we have found to be very beneficial.

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin (4 August 1836)
(Ross James - Texlan Rabbits)


Rabbit Show

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin (4 August 1836)

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Rabbit Industry

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4H & FFA

Rabbit Project

This is a source of information containing guidelines for the 4H-FFA Exhibitor and their rabbit project. Rabbit Projects offer exhibitors the opportunity to learn management skills, rabbit production, health care, rabbit selection, showmanship experience, record keeping, rabbit judging, rabbit genetics, how to design a rabbitry and much more.

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Your Rabbit Project

This section contains the topics covered at our RabWay Workshop. It is designed to give the exhibitor a comprehensive overview of their rabbit project. If possible, please read through this section prior to attending the workshop so that we can answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
Overview
What you will need to do and be aware of prior to receiving your rabbits.
Selection
Guidelines on what attributes your rabbits should display.
Management
Making sure your rabbits are properly cared for and looked after prior to judging.
Health
Rabbits get sick-What to watch for and how to treat your animals.
Judging
Details of how the Judge makes the final evaluation of your project
Showmanship
Showmanship is an opportunity for an exhibitor to show how much he or she knows about rabbits.
Workshop
Complete details for a rabbit project...Includes all sections above.

Commercial

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.

Hobby

Show Rabbit

Show

Rabbit shows have gained considerable popularity and the raising of the "fancy" show rabbit can be a profitable business in itself.
Hobby breeders, represented by the ARBA, may raise and show 930,000 rabbits a year.

Home Meat Production

Show breeders and other hobby breeders can be active in multiple markets, selling culled animals as pets, consuming their own meat rabbits and harvesting wool from long-haired breeds.

Pets & Companion Animals

The size of the pet rabbit population in 2000 was estimated at 5.28 million by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA). The pet rabbit community has an active on-line presence. There are numerous pages of owners with pictures of their house-rabbits as well as owners with outdoor rabbits. Pet rabbits and their owners are represented by a number of groups throughout the U.S., including the House Rabbit Society (HRS).

Library

Library
A library is an organized collection of information resources. A library is often a common area to facilitate group study and collaboration. The Library of RabbitPedia contains more in-depth information on topics included in the major sections. We would appreciate discussion or addition to any area of the library where you can improve or complement the current work.
Section Details

Anatomy

Anatomy is the scientific study of the structure of living things including their systems, organs, and tissues. It includes the appearance and position of the various parts, the materials from which they are composed, their locations and their relationships with other parts.

Breeds

A breed is a specific group of domestic animals or plants having homogeneous appearance, homogeneous behavior, and other characteristics that distinguish it from other animals or plants of the same species and that were arrived at through selective breeding.

Conditioning

The overall physical condition of a rabbit in relation to health, cleanliness, fur and grooming.

Cages

Cage design...sizes... wire types.

Equipment

Feeding and watering equipment can be built at home, but it's hardly worth the time because most equipment is relatively inexpensive to purchase and is usually of better quality. If it is cared for properly, the feeding and watering equipment that you purchase will last for several years.

Exhibiting

Preparing a rabbit for show really starts with the breeding and selection. You need to select an animal with the proper type and coat. It then continues for many months before the show with a good feeding regime which provides the animal with the nutrition it needs to have a firm body, and well finished coat. It also requires regular grooming and handling to get your animal used to being posed properly (front of the rear feet directly under the hip joint, front feed directly below the eye) and staying in its pose once set up.

Health

Rabbits are subject to a wide variety of diseases that cause death or decrease production levels. Most diseases can be avoided through good breeding and management practices. Daily observation of the animals will allow you to note the first signs of disease.

Housing

Housing requirements for rabbits depend on climate. Minimal housing (an A-frame roof without sides) can be used in moderate climates, while a climate-controlled rabbitry may be necessary in hot or cold climates. Good ventilation at all times is imperative.

Judging

Licensed judges are trained to evaluate rabbits according to the ideal guidelines published by the ARBA. Rabbit shows are not based on the rabbits’ performance or personality, but rather on their physical conformance to the written standard.

Nutrition

Rabbits are small herbivores with specialized feeding and digestive strategies.
Overview
Essential Oils

Palpation

Pregnancy checking rabbits.

Processing

Rabbit meat is an all white meat that is low in fat, high in protein, relatively low in cholesterol, low in sodium, highly palatable and easily digested. Rabbit has a higher percentage of protein and a lower percentage of fat than chicken, turkey, beef, or pork. Not only is it a rich source of unsaturated omega fatty acids but it a rich lean source of protein that can be substituted for red meat and poultry in most recipes.

Selection

A good knowledge of rabbit husbandry, before the project, is very helpful here. Selection of project animals should be limited to those breeds that conform to ideal meat producing qualities.

Sexing

How to determine the sex of rabbits.

Showmanship

Rabbit showmanship involves thoroughly examining an animal as a judge would do in competition. Each step that an exhibitor forgets to complete is counted against their overall score. Appearance of the exhibitor and their knowledge are two other areas important in this competition.

Tattooing

A legible tattoo in the domestic rabbit's left ear is very important for permanent identification of the animal.

Watering

Watering systems for rabbits... Very important for successful rabbit breeding.

History

History is an umbrella term that relates to past events as well as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about these events.
This section provides some insight into past practices of rabbit enthusiasts. Mostly contains interesting images and text.
Sections
4H Rabbits Rabbit Shows Rabbit Plagues






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