Rabbit meat is one of the best source of protein and healthier than other meats. As a result commercial rabbit farming is becoming popular day by day. Rabbit meat contain more protein and less in fat than beef, turkey, pork and even chicken.
Benefits of Rabbit Farming
▪️Rabbit Urine and their Droppings produce the best organic Fertilizer & pesticide
▪️Rabbits are very fast growing animals like broiler chicken. They gain maturity fast and become suitable for slaughtering purpose within 4-5 months.
▪️They need less space to keep them and don’t arouse any smell or noise in the area.
▪️Rabbit gestation period is less (generally between 28-31 days) and a doe give birth of kids after every 2 months. Each time one doe can give birth of 5-10 kids.
▪️Starting rabbit farming requires very little capital or investment.
▪️Food to meat converting rate is higher on rabbit than any other livestock animals.
▪️Rabbit meat is very tasty and nutritious. All types and all aged people can easily consume and digest rabbit meat.
▪️Feeding costs for commercial rabbit farming is also very less. You can easily feed your rabbits kitchen waste materials, grasses, plant leaves etc. with their regular commercial feed. This will help you for reducing feeding cost.
The common rabbit breeds used for commercial production are California White, Flemish Giant, New Zealand White, Chinchilla and some other local cross breeds.
Rabbits are very clean animals. They love to stay in neat and clean house with good ventilation system.
Best system is to setup Cages where you can easily monitor and keep records of each Rabbit, control inbreeding and collect the Rabbit Urine and keep the animals in a clean surface.
Keep the kids or young rabbits in a group until they reach 3 months of age. 5-8 young rabbits can be kept in each Cage.
Sufficient amount of nutritious and balanced diet food keeps the rabbit healthy and productive. For commercial production, you can feed your rabbits commercially prepared supplementary feed (pellets)
This type of foods are available in the market. Along with this you can add kitchen garbage, grasses, leaves of various trees etc.
This will help you reducing feeding costs. Sufficient amount of clean and fresh water is also required with proper nutritious rabbit feed.
Rabbit grows very fast and gain maturity earlier. They become suitable for breeding within their 6 months of age. The gestation period of rabbit is less compared to other livestock animals.
Generally, a doe gives birth after every two months to allow it breastfeed and take care of the young ones. Each time it can give birth 5-10 kids. Gestation period stays for 28-31 days.
5. Care and Management
Take some extra care and management to your rabbits. Vaccinate them timely to keep free from all types of rabbit diseases.
Never feed them polluted or expired food. Try to monitor all their activities.
Marketing process is moxst important part of rabbit farming. Basically, there are no formal markets for selling rabbit products so far like chickens, goats or fish.
▪️But rabbit meat slaughter houses are coming up due to the high popularity and increasing demands of rabbit meat. Right now you can try the local market, restaurants and supermarkets.
▪️Rabbit meat has a huge demand in China and some other countries. So, if you have sufficient facilities then try to export to foreign countries.
Every business goes with some problems. Don’t fear about marketing your products, the rabbit meat popularity & consuming rate is increasing rapidly. And a suitable market place is coming up soon.
So start now and grow with the business.