Rabbits

Two rabbits (copyright IStock).Rabbits are raised for meat, Angora wool, breeding stock, and sometimes, for laboratory use. They also are raised for their skin or hide. Youth programs raise and use rabbits in projects and curricula. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture (NASS), more than 4,000 farms sold almost 500,000 rabbits nationally.

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center.

This marketing profile offers an overview and general information on rabbit production, marketing, processing, and imports and exports.

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Publication "provides an introduction to small-scale rabbit production, focusing on meat rabbits and sustainable rabbit management."

The Peace Corps.

"This manual is written as a guide for those Volunteers [in the Peace Corps] getting started with rabbit production projects. The intention is to provide ... an overview of rabbit production practices. The focus is on raising rabbits to add needed protein to family diets and as an income-generating project for small farmers."

American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc.

Provides information for the commercial and general rabbit enthusiast including judging, registrars, shows, photos of breeds, links to breed clubs, publications on raising rabbits and a rabbitry/processors directory.

University of Massachusetts Extension.

Provides information on and building plans for constructing rabbit cages and hutches.

Mississippi State University Extension Service.

FAQs address animal management and health and disease issues. Discusses investment requirements, startup and planning, rabbit facilities, housing plans, and processing.

Ohio State University Extension Service.

Part of the Living on the Land series, this publication on raising rabbits as a source of meat includes information on choosing which breed to raise and selecting initial breeding stock.

Ohio State University Extension Service.

Part of the Living on the Land series, this publication on raising rabbits as a source of meat includes information on choosing the correct feed and breeding.

Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.

Covers many aspects of rabbit farming including marketing, housing, breeding, health, nutrition, sample budget and production economics.

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