Starting with your rabbit farming venture can be an exciting new investment, with good returns available if you research your market well.
There are a number of things you will need to consider and research when starting with your rabbit farming venture. You will need to consider which market you are catering for, which rabbit breeds to keep, which rabbit housing to use. Also consider the types of feed and the labor which will be involved. Research into your chosen market is very important, as without a market and goals, you business cannot succeed.
Rabbit farming has become a popular farming venture, which can be followed in a backyard, in a garage, or in a large commercialized setting. When sailors travelled the globe, they began with the earliest rabbit farms, to ensure that they had a steady supply of meat at each port on their long travels. One of the earliest recordings of a rabbit farm is attributed to monks, where rabbits for meat were raised. Rabbit farming has come a long way since the, now endeavoring to fill a growing need for meat protein, along with decline in land available to raise cattle and sheep. On the whole, much less land is required to raise rabbits, and to feed them require much less green feed production, than raising an equal amount of beef or mutton per pound, and it is a solid commercial alternative in providing meat protein to the community at a reasonable price.
To ensure that your business venture is successful, take time to first learn about the field of rabbit farming. And just as important is to find a market for your products. It is extremely important that you have a market ready to accept your products as soon as production begins. Of course your market will grow in time, but you must begin realistically. Do not purchase 200 breeder does along with sufficient buck, who will produce an average of 40 offspring each year if you do not have a market that will be able to take in all 8000 offspring. Also take into account what your feed bill will amount to for all 8000 of these offspring, until slaughter date is reached.
There are also often hidden costs, which are not accounted for in a budget, and these costs can either make or break a rabbit farming venture. These include the cost of heating, lighting and other utilities, like water. Veterinary and medication bills also need to be taken into account. This is on top of the rabbits themselves, feed, nesting materials, cages, cage maintenance, and labor costs.
If you remember to take these budgeting and planning tools into account, you will have a far greater chance of running a successful rabbit farming venture, than if you just jump into it and leave things to chance.
Alan B. Stables is a freelance writer on alternative agriculture, has organized alternative agriculture events and has also been a guest speaker in Brazil, China, Egypt, Italy, Latvia and Spain, on how to market agricultural produce for maximum returns.