At Living Traditions Homestead we raise New Zealand/Californian cross meat rabbits. We have settled on this cross as we feel they deliver consistently large litters that grow fast and are exceptional on the dinner table.
Once the young rabbits are weaned from the mother, we move them to moveable tractors on the ground. This allows them plenty of room to move, jump and eat fresh grass. We move the tractors daily so the rabbits always have a clean, nutritious place to live.
The real facts about rabbit meat:
1) In the US, rabbits are rarely ever fed anything medicated, and are not treated with hormonal growth stimulants.
2) One rabbit that, can produce nearly 300 pounds of meat in a year!
3) Rabbit meat is higher in protein than any other commercial meat in the USA. (U S D A circular # 549)
4) Rabbit has only 795 calories per pound. As compared to Chicken 810, Veal 840, Turkey 1190, Lamb 1420, Beef 1440, Pork 2050. ( U S D A circular # 549 )
5) Rabbit meat is much lower in cholesterol than chicken, turkey, beef, pork. (Alabama A & M University 1989)
6) Rabbit meat is great during the hot summer months, as it is a cool protein unlike most other meats.
7) Rabbit is very easy to digest, meaning less is needed per meal when compared to other meats.
8) Rabbit meat can be used to replace chicken in most recipes
9) Adding rabbit meat to your meal plan gives you a big boost in vitamin B-12 -- each 3-oz. serving provides 117.6 percent of the recommended daily intake. Vitamin B-12 plays a critical role in the function of your central nervous system and metabolism, as well as the formation of red blood cells. Your body has the ability to store a few years' worth of vitamin B-12, so eating rabbit supplies you with not just your daily requirements, but a little extra as well.
10) The U.S. Department of Agriculture office of home economics, has performed extensive tests and have concluded that domestic rabbit meat is the most nutritious meat known to man.