RABBIT FARMING & AFRICA MISSION:
Our mission is to be the best in the world in micro hydro electric and water resource management: by evolving innovative damless hydroelectric and water transfer technology. We create Today’s Tall Tree Nurseries with Rabbit Farming to support Micro Finance for women farmers and their families using the Carbon Tax Fund, a new form of foreign aid. We export Mechanization into Africa for more productive agriculture.
Rabbit farming is not complicated and requires no professional skills, which makes it suitable for rural women who are largely uneducated. Rabbit farming is also very convenient for the women’s location because they are enough resources in terms of land and rabbit food (green vegetation) in the rural areas. Rabbit farming will provide employment to these women and part of the money from the sales will support their children in school thus removing the burden of school fees from their shoulder. The high rabbit productivity and ready market demand will ensure a continuous flow of income for the women.
Rabbits are the most lucrative domesticated animals in the world in terms of time, space utilization and profit margins. It can also be a labor-intensive enterprise, requiring a certain degree of skill and training from the workers. We insist on training the farmers. We monitor the type of feeds they are giving to the rabbits.
Rabbit farming is lucrative because rabbits multiply very fast. A single doe (female rabbit) can give birth to (litter) up to 40 kits (baby rabbits) in a single year. This means you can start with two mature breeding rabbits (one male, one female) and end up with over 40 rabbits in less than 12 months. That’s because rabbits can breed throughout the year and it takes just about a month (30-33 days) for a pregnant doe to produce baby rabbits.
A good New Zealand white doe can be bred at the age of 6 months and if conditions are ideal she can be bred 4 times a year. Breeding does are usually kept for 2 years before they are slaughtered. On average they can give birth to 80 young a year. The buck may be bred up to 7 times a week effectively. He can be used for mating at the age of 7 months.
After they are born, rabbits grow very fast and can reach maturity and market size in less than 6 months. One of the reasons for this fast growth rate is that rabbits are efficient converters of the food they eat.
A mature rabbit ready for market can sell for up to $22 (depending on the location and customer). However, the cost of raising a rabbit comes to about $1 per month. At one stage, farmers in Europe were getting 2 Euros a kilo for their rabbit meat, which they considered to be a good price. When you have a dual-purpose rabbit like the New Zealand white rabbit then the sale of those pelts can range from anywhere from 15-50 cents depending on who your market is. However, the Chinchilla Rex commands the most money. Next comes the Castor Rex and then the White Rex.
More than 700 million rabbits are slaughtered worldwide every year, producing about 1 million metric tons of rabbit meat. The world’s leader in rabbit meat production is China, representing over 30% of total global production.
Rabbit meat is popular in countries such as Italy, Spain, France and China. These countries consume the most rabbit per person (about 8kg per person) and are the best export markets for rabbit meat. Today, about 90 percent of production comes from China, followed by Chile and Argentina.
The resources and cost incurred on raising one cow is equivalent to what you’d use to raise 40 rabbits. As a result, rabbits offer a higher profit potential than cattle and other livestock. To give you an idea of possible success, the Rabbit Republic Farm has a turnover that’s more than Sh10 million (about $100,000) and slaughters about 2,000 rabbits every month.
Your rabbits will continue to be productive as long as you maintain good breeding stock. Therefore, not all your rabbits will be sent to the slaughter house.
RABBIT FARMING MEAT
Rabbit meat is not yet very popular, but the demand is still high. More people are now going for ‘white’ meat which contains low amounts of cholesterol. Unlike ‘red meats’ (especially beef and pork), white meats like poultry, fish and rabbit meat contain less fats and cholesterols and have higher health benefits.
Apart from fish, rabbit meat has the highest amount of protein and contains the lowest fat than all other types of meat. It contains less calories and Sodium than other meats but contains more calcium and phosphorus, which is needed by your body.
We can produce and export rabbit sausages to the US and Europe where the demand for healthy meats (like rabbits) is growing.
The rabbit meat was considered a delicacy in England and therefore was consumed primarily by the elite classes. There is a recipe collection dating back to about 1390 which lists numerous recipes that were prepared and cooked for King Richard II. There were several recipes for Connyng or rabbit; below is an example which is a recipe for rabbit in gravy:
This roughly translates as: ‘Take the rabbit and smite them to pieces; boil them and mix them with a good broth with almond blanched and brayed; do … sugar and ginger powder and boil it and the flesh … it with sugar and ginger powder and serve forth.’
Rabbits produce high quality skins that are used to make fur garments (like clothing, hats and boots), and to cover bicycle seats, etc. Rabbit pelts are prized for their softness. Ten percent angora in a mixture of wool, cotton and synthetic fibers makes an extremely soft fabric, very easy on the skin with good dyeing quality.
Angora is a luxury fiber produced by long-haired Angora rabbits. For those raising rabbits for their fur then the Angora Rabbit and the Rex Rabbits are breeds that are best suited for this purpose and fetch good prices, especially the Chinchilla Rex and other Rex breeds like the Castor Rex and the White Rex Rabbits.
One thing to remember though is that where the turn-around time for meat rabbits is about 2 months, fur rabbits are kept for 3-5 months before being slaughtered.
Rabbits should have a roof that protects them from the sun as a rabbit’s fur should not be exposed to the sun if you are raising rabbits for fur.
Many rabbit breeders expect losses of 25%. Rex animals are more difficult to breed and their average litter is about 6 kittens. Their conditions are different too. They have to be kept in separate cages to protect the fur. They are sent to slaughter in individual boxes and their slaughtering is done manually and slowly so as not to damage the fur.
Rabbits usually produce less than 1 lb of fur each year, and rabbits can be sheared and harvested like sheep wool. Harvesting angora without harming rabbits is a slow labor of love incompatible with industrial capitalism and more adapted to a low wage economy.
These rabbits are very heavy. Their ears are between 30 to 38cms long and grow to at least 4.5kg. Have dense skin thus good for fur as well as meat production.
RABBIT FARMING: Easy to Start
One can start with two rabbits (male and female) using a basic cage made of wood and chicken wire. One can also start with more does; one buck can service up to five does. One must now the gender of the rabbits you buy so you don’t end up with all males or females.
Unlike chickens, cattle and pigs, rabbits are not noisy animals. They are very clean animals and don’t easily get attacked by diseases.
Raising rabbits is not as labor-intensive as cattle and poultry. Rabbits are easy to feed and often don’t need a lot of attention. As a result, a rabbit farming business can be run on a part time basis. Some kitchen waste, grass, plant leaves etc. are favorite foods of rabbits. In fact, a single rabbit needs just about 120 grams of food daily. You can feed it in the morning before you go to work and then in the evening when you return.
- Rabbits, A Producer’s Manual – This 61-page manual is the most comprehensive book on rabbit farming you will ever find. It contains everything you need to know about rabbits including breeding, slaughter and packaging. I strongly recommend it.
- Raising Rabbits for Meat – This is another great resource for learning everything about rabbit farming. It’s written in very simple language which makes it easy to understand. It covers a lot of topics including how to build rabbit hutches and the common diseases that affect rabbits. You’ll surely enjoy reading it.
Rabbit Farming: Raising
A person on their own with no extra help can easily manage to look after 500 does. However, most people who raise rabbits for profit as a backyard venture operate much smaller farms. Even working with 100 does will bring in a healthy and steady monthly income.
Our free range rabbits will not need expensive cages – only small hutches:
- The rabbit hutches should be 10 feet square in space for each rabbit. The floor of the cages should be 1/2 inch metal hardware cloth that allows the rabbit stability when walking and allows for the droppings and urine to fall through to the ground.
- When raising rabbits your breeding does should have their own nesting boxes. These rabbit nesting boxes should be 1 1/2 feet long, 1 foot wide and 1 foot high. There should be a 7 inch door cut in the box which is cut 5 inches from the bottom. This then prevents the young rabbits from falling out of the boxes.
- Rabbits eat a lot of grass and leaves, but any food given to them should never be placed on the bottom of the cages in case they peed on or pooped on. A manger should be built for each cage that would allow the food to be kept under sanitary conditions.
Not all greens are good for rabbits. Never feed them lettuce, which can give your rabbit diarrhea so badly that it can become fatal. Other common foods to avoid include cabbage, parsnips, swedes, potato tops, and tomato leaves. If you introduce anything new to your rabbits do it slowly, because their digestive systems can become upset.
Hay should be given as part of their diet. It should be well dried and free of mold. Alfalfa, clover and even peanut hay is acceptable. Oats, wheat, barley and corn can also be fed to give a more balanced diet, with occasionally small amounts of sulfur, charcoal and cod liver oil. Rabbits also like carrots and should be fed the odd one now and again. Finally, a block of salt should be placed in each hutch so that the rabbit can nibble on it when needed.
Water is very important and they should never be without. It must be replaced daily and using an automatic water container is usually the best option which can be fixed to the hutches.
- Rabbit keeping is traditionally a hobby for teenage boys. . It would give employment to many unemployed youths. On average, breeders are selling their rabbits at between Sh2,000 ($20) to Sh5,000 ($50).
- Most rabbits are shorn every 90–100 days, with hand scissors or electric shears. Some rabbits can yield a satisfactory amount of quality hair for 8–10 years, yet the highest quality comes from does at 6–9 months (at which point they are usually killed). In China, with its annual production of 20 million rabbits, they are generally slaughtered quite young, after the second or third clipping. In Asia, 50–70% of the cash return for each animal is gained from the hair; the balance is drawn from the export trade of rabbit meat to Europe.
- There is a market for rabbits’ by-products, mainly urine, which they use to make fertiliser: a litre of urine sells for Sh100. to make fertiliser, which is a mixture of the rabbit urine and compost manure made from cow dung, wood ash, and foliage from plants. The mixture is put in a special digester and what comes out is an organic fertiliser called Rabbit Urine Extra
- Rabbit manure (poo) is also highly valued, and can be bagged and sold to gardeners. It is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus. The beauty of using rabbit manure on plants is that it can be used straight away without having to worry about whether it will burn the plants after application.
- Another significant use of rabbits is in cosmetic, medical and pharmaceutical research laboratories. Rabbits are also purchased by people who want to keep them as pets.
- Protecting an Endangered Species: the 13th most endangered mammal in the world, the Riverine rabbit is Africa’s second most threatened species.
It is the only African rabbit where the female prepares an underground burrow for her young. This nest is lined with grass and fur. They are nocturnal, feeding at night and resting during the day.
It is estimated that only a few hundred of these rare animals remain in the wild today and is now listed as critically endangered on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Contrary to what is commonly believed about rabbits, Riverine rabbits breed very slowly. They have a breeding rate of only 1-2 young per year.
- Value Added Rabbit Pelt Industry
Rabbit Skin Wallet:
A farmer can also integrate grasscutter rearing with rabbit farming. One can produce a thriving grass cutter (bush meat) farming business that runs side-by-side with the rabbit farm.
In captivity, a pair of grasscutters consisting of one male and one female can produce 12 pups in a year. After a resting period of about 10 days the mother can be paired with the male again. Smoked grass cutter is exported to US and Europe. Within the West African sub-region, grasscutter is the favorite bush meat species and accounts for the greater proportion of bush meat sold in markets. The market for both fresh and smoked grasscutter meat is effectively unlimited. The prices of live-weight grasscutter and meat per kilograms are three times higher than that of beef. The present market value would be $ 40/grasscutter.
BREEDING STOCK PRODUCTION: VERY LUCRATIVE
A colony of grasscutters is sold for N45,000 ($150) depending on the age and specie. This is one of the most lucrative aspects of grasscutter farming. The turnover period could be very short, maximum of 3-4 months after birth. Grasscutter breeding family comprising one male and four females referred to as a colony. This colony can produce between 50 and 56 more grasscutters in just one year if well managed. Grasscutters are polygamous in nature; hence it makes it easy to raise a colony in captivity and in large number. Five hundred grasscutters per year could earn $7,000- $8,000.
Grasscutter meat is a delicacy: it is relatively expensive for the high class: “a big man’s meat”. There is a low supply because there are few grasscutter farmers. Grasscutter meat as a good, nutritious and medicinal delicacy for hypertensive patient. Grasscutter meat is white meat unlike the red meat synonymous with beef, pork, which causes increase in body weight. Its meat is low in cholesterol. Its meat is also medicinal in that it helps boost man’s immune system, and cures some ailment associated with heart as well as diabetes. Male grasscutter on average reach a size up to 2-times larger than chicken meat. Grasscutters grow to a considerable weight. The mature male can weigh more than 9kg while females can attain between 5-7kg body weight.
Grasscutters are herbivorous animals whose source of food is basically 70 to 80 per cent from the forest. Their major food is Elephant or Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum). They have a high rate of ailment resistance. (Do not serve animals with grass cut the same day)
They like to shelter in hollows and burrows made by other animals. They also do not produce great quantities of body waste, which in addition to being barely odorless, can easily be disposed off. Their manure is good for fertilizer.
In Ghana, the hair of the grass cutter is used to season food. The pancreas of the grass cutter contains a high concentration of insulin which is used in local preparation for the treatment of diabetes.
The Grasscutter Hat
The fur is extremely coarse, firm, and briskly-reflecting the animal’s kinship to the porcupine.
Let us not forget that raising rabbit is only part of the farm, whose main aim is to develop a fruit, nut and fodder tree nursery in order to absorb carbon emissions over the entire lifetime of the trees.
To be the largest tree nursery in AFRICA and use the profits generated to begin with over 20,000 economically empowered rural women.
- To offer education to rural under-privileged and orphaned children.
- To enhance food security through introduction of better farming methods such as organic farming and other sources of food (rabbit meat) to a wider population.
- To establish other rabbit breeding centers and to provide training to farmers across Africa.
- To facilitate establishment of efficient marketing channels for sale of rabbit meat and products.
We start by identifying 15 most needy students in the school. We extend the invitation to their parents and guardians. We choose to specifically work with their mothers because it is mostly the women who struggle with the responsibility of providing for the family and if we empower one woman we would empower the whole family and the entire community.
There’s a need for financial sustainability among rural women in my community. The majority of these women are poor, single and jobless. In Kenya, about one third of rural households are female headed. Two thirds of these households have no male support so they are headed by widowed, divorced or separated women with children. Poverty in female headed households is 44% higher than in male headed households. Single parenting for these women is a huge challenge as they have to deal with the emotional toll of bringing up the children while supporting the family financially. Basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter are not basic to them; they are privileges that occasionally, if lucky, they get. Their children are either sent home from school fees every term or they don’t go to school at all. Lack of a sustainable source of income has caused both financial struggle and depression among these women.
THE PLAN OF ACTION: A RABBIT FARM
Let us not forget the real purpose for the rabbit farm:
Our plan is to introduce tree nurseries in East Africa where each tree will absorb an equivalent of carbon emissions over its lifetime of 50 years at the rate of $15/ton. Each fruit, nut or fodder tree will be managed by women farmers and their family on leased land, who will also be supported with micro finance from Living Water MicroFinance Inc.
The initial funding will come from the Carbon Tax Fund through the World Bank and their partner, Global Affairs Canada at the net present value (NPV) of $1.49/ tree. This support will make it possible to build many tree nurseries after the first prototype along with an irrigation system based on the HUG.
Please Note: another calculation of NPV of fruit trees living for 25 years = $0.49/tree plus $1.00/tree for maintenance: $1.49/tree. (Fruit trees are productive for 25 years and then are replaced.)
Since depleted soils and fertilization are major problem in many of these countries, the tree nursery is supported by a rabbit fish farm that also raises grasscutters. The tree nursery plants fodder trees in between the fruit and nut trees, which are nitrogen-fixing, in order to add fertilizer. These same fodder trees support livestock from their leaves.
The 1.5 acre rabbit fish farm adds the remaining fertilizer required from the nutrients of the irrigated water flowing from a moat of catfish and tilapia surrounding the rabbit farm. The rabbit poo is raked up and used as food for the fish. The larvae from black soldier flies that feed on the rabbit entrails and heads are the main fish food along with floating plants. Rabbit urine is also a form of fertilization when added to compost.
Agroforestry could help solve Climate Change.
HELPING SOLVE WORLD’S CARBON POLLUTION
Stage 1 Agricultural Mechanization of Africa
Stage 2 Today’s Tall Trees Nursery: Carbon Tax Fund
Stage 3 Micro Finance & Landlord Cooperatives
Stage 4 Irrigation in Remote Areas using kinetic energy from moving water.
Stage 5 Electricity Created in Remote Areas using moving water without the use of a dam.
- A Micro Hydro Electric System: no dams: HugENERGY.us
- An Irrigation System: NORTHydro.com
- A Rabbit and Fish Farm: AfriCAPITALISM.us
- The Charitable Arm: SunnyUp.net
- Living Water Micro Finance: LivingWaterMicroFinance.org
- Thunder of Justice: ThunderofJustice.com
- Deliverance Is: Deliveranceis.com
- God Love Letters: GodLoveLetters.com
BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles.
HOW DO WE KNOW THIS?
Some Christian disciples use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress.
2. COMPLETE SENSE OF PEACE?
After you have been delivered from evil influences, you will have a definite physical experience of a complete sense of peace.
Once you experience a physical sense of peace because of deliverance, you know that you will be healed. This helps you build up your faith, which is very crucial: No faith! No healing!
Some Christian disciples have the gift of healing. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
THE WHOLE FAMILY BENEFITS
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions shows a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17 (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?
Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
- Christians don’t shout, “I live a clean life!” Christians whisper “I feel lost, but now God found me and God forgives me.”
- Christians don’t speak with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
- Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they try to be strong because they need strength.
- Christians don’t brag about success, but they admit that they fail and they need God to clean the mess.
- Christians don’t claim to be perfect, but God still believes in them.
- Christians still feel the sting of pain. They have their share of headaches but they still call upon His Name.
- Christians are not holier than others. They are simple sinners who receive God’s unbelievable Grace.
Christianity on a Table Napkin:
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will begin. “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.” Luke 1: 49
Are we not like Barabbas who was justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”? And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost, like you.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool”. Isaiah 1:18
You may need some counseling with a pastor, priest or competent Christian worker, who will introduce you to a Short Course on Who is Jesus? Start by reading a short biography of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Read several verses before going to bed and read the same verse upon arising. He will defend you from attacks of the enemy when you ask Him.
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