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 2012 Census of Agriculture (NASS), more than 5,000 farms sold almost 853,000 rabbits nationally.

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center.

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

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.

Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.

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

Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Provides a list of advantages and disadvantages when starting a commercial rabbitry enterprise.

Commercial Rabbit Production  ( pdf | 151 KB )

Mississippi State University. Cooperative Extension Service.

Information about raising rabbits including breeds, nutrition, reproduction, diseases, sanitation, equipment and production economics.

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.

Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Outlines requirements of rabbit housing. Provides construction details, lists materials, and includes designs of cages and hutches.

Alabama A&M University and Auburn University. Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Discusses the cold weather challenges rabbit producers face and presents winter management solutions.