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Title:
Raising rabbits for meat / Eric Rapp & Callene Rapp.
ISBN:
9780865718890
Publication Information:
Gabriola, British Columbia : New Society Publishers, 2018.

©2018
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ix, 180 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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"One of the most sustainable, nutritious, and economic sources of meat available, rabbits can be easily raised in a range of locations and climates. Raising Rabbits for Meat is the how-to guide to help you succeed in setting-up and running a home rabbitry for a steady source of meat or income."-- Provided by publisher.
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How to raise rabbits for a steady source of meat and income

Rabbits are one of the most sustainable, nutritious, and economic meat sources available. They can easily be raised in a variety of locations and climates, and require less space and infrastructure than many other species of livestock.

Raising Rabbits for Meat is the how-to guide to help you succeed in starting and running a home rabbitry for a steady source of meat or income. Coverage includes:

The history of the domestic rabbit Information on breeding, housing, and harvesting Tools to help you succeed with your program An emphasis on heritage breeds.

Raising Rabbits for Meat provides a solid foundation for success in raising rabbits and is ideal for anyone interested in starting a small rabbitry for home use or to market rabbit meat as a business opportunity.


Author Notes

Eric and Callene Rapp have owned and operated the award-winning Rare Hare Barn since 2005, now the largest heritage-breed meat-rabbit enterprise in the United States. What started as a simple desire to have more control over their own food supply quickly expanded into a unique business, supplying heritage breed fryers to local restaurants. They have over 50 years of combined experience handling nearly every species of domestic livestock, and are active members of The Livestock Conservancy. Callene is also a regular contributor to Grit magazine. They live and farm in Leon, Kansas.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
1 The History of Rabbit Keepingp. 1
2 What's Your Plan?p. 5
3 Rabbit Biologyp. 13
4 Rare Breeds and Conservation Breedingp. 19
5 Selecting and Handling Rabbitsp. 31
6 Housing and Environmentp. 41
7 Basic Rabbitry Equipmentp. 61
8 Diet and Nutritionp. 79
9 Hands-On Evaluation of the Rabbitp. 87
10 Breeding and Reproductionp. 95
11 Kindlingp. 107
12 Milestones and Management-Birth to Harvestp. 119
13 Processing, Storage and Distributionp. 127
14 Cooking with Rabbit Meatp. 141
15 Rabbit Ailments and Health Problemsp. 149
Appendix: Rabbit Breedsp. 161
Endnotesp. 171
Indexp. 175
About the Authorsp. 181
About New Society Publishersp. 182