Our Rabbit meat is sold whole at $10/Lb. Typically ranging $25-$30 each. We hope to offer their pelts in the future tanned for $10 each. I look forward to using my grandmothers moccasin design and offering the resulting product as well.
Facts About Rabbit Meat
Not only can rabbits out compete beef on feed ratios, they require less land, produce more meat in less time and needing less antibiotics and vet care than either beef and chicken. Rabbits are also a proven healthier meat than both.
USDA findings, as quoted in Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits, 2009.
To produce a full sized healthy cow it takes 18-24 months and at which point the cow may weigh 1,200 lbs. But once you trim and dress the cow, removing organs, hide, bones, extra fat etc. you are left with 4-600 lbs of meat to fit into a freezer. A cow needs 2-3 acres to be properly fed for 12 months. Now that cow could be rotated through pasture as a grass fed animal, or that cow could be in a feedlot fed food that comes from that same 2-3 acres. Some people even estimate 1.5 acres. In both grass fed and feedlot operations a cow needs antibiotics and other veterinary care. A cows feed ratio is 6 lbs feed to 1 pound meat. A rabbits is 4:1. Chicken is 2:1 but remember chickens have had far more genetic muckery and these high ratio chickens don’t normally walk well, are housed in crowded feedlots, surrounded by their own feces and require a high amount of antibiotics. Additionally both rabbit and chicken have a final weight that includes the bones, rabbit bones are finer than chicken meaning there is more meat per Lb at final dressed meat weight.
In 18-24 months out of one 7 foot by 12 foot barn stall that is my rabbitry and a few 2 foot by 8 foot rabbit tractors that I rotate the rabbits into for pasturing I am able to raise +/- 8 kits per doe. Each of those kits will grow to weigh +/- 3 Lbs dressed. 8 Kits multiplied by the 4 does = 32 multiplied by 3 lbs = 96 lbs. I can slowly and safely raise six litters a year, and I can maximize at 8 litters a year. 6 litters multiplied by 96 lbs = 576 lbs of rabbit meat that was slowly introduced into your freezer throughout 12 months. The amount of hay that is needed to feed all these rabbits throughout a year is about one acre.
Now, Ostrich, Bison, Alpaca, Llama, Kangaroo, Fish etc. are not represented on the above chart. The larger animals will require as much or more land as beef for the same output. Fish is without a doubt healthier than rabbit when it doesn’t have mercury or other chemicals bioaccumulating in it’s body. Furthermore fish of many species have been over fished to the brink of extinction and are in need of a rest from the inexhaustible human appetite. Farmed fish have yet to yield the results that we have been waiting for.
Given the time, land, feed ratios and the treatment of the land (cattle and pig can ruin land and stream beds with erosion caused by dust/mud pits and trampling) the amount of antibiotics needed or found that may transfer into the human body (beef, poultry and fish); it’s clear that rabbit meat is not only safer and healthier for folks it’s also better for the earth. Raising rabbit for consumption is softer on the land since they need less land and what land is needed is to house them and to grow hay grasses on. The grasses do not need to be mono-cultured and are not sprayed as that can harm a rabbit’s health.
Then there is waste, animal feces and what becomes of that. We often hear that cow’s produce a lot of methane rabbits on the other hand can’t fart. Rabbits have a very short list of transferable diseases and their pebbly dry poops have been a gardener’s dream for decades since they have such low nitrogen one can directly apply fresh rabbit poop to flower beds and compost quickly through worm bins to be mixed in on vegetable beds. That is a far cry from the standard feed lots fecal swamps that often leak into groundwater or overflow into fresh streams and rivers harming folks downstream and all the flora and fauna dependent on those streams.