Rabbits for meat
Posted by keelynet on May 29, 2009
Another great idea to raise in addition to chickens to help increase your food supply.
“They’re efficient in the amount of food required for the amount of meat produced. One doe might have seven rabbits, each of which yields 1 to 2 pounds of meat. So that’s roughly 15 pounds of meat per litter, and a single doe might have three or four litters a year. You can feed them a simple diet of local alfalfa, garden vegetables and a protein supplement like Calf-Manna for the nursing does. They’re quiet and won’t disturb the neighbors. And their manure makes a garden grow. The most green diet, of course, is growing your own vegetables and forgoing meat, said Mellie Pullman, a business professor at Portland State University who studies food-supply-chain issues. But the minute people go to the store to buy dairy, which comes from cows, they’re “getting into much larger greenhouse gas emissions issues.” So if you are going to eat meat, raising animals at home as Rosenblum does is the greenest way possible, Pullman said. But part of the deal involves backyard slaughtering — and let’s face it, it’s hard to face.” – Source
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