I'd heard there were many hoops to jump through to work with Pel Freeze
I've been a producer for them for 10 years and never had
to jump through hoops. Everything they require is for
the benefit of the producer having a profitable business.
They are things that most producers would do as a matter
of course to maintain production in a profitable manner.
Due to the tremendous amount of biological business they
have (under FDA supervision), a requirement for feed is
that certain ingredients not be used. All it takes to get
a feed included on the list is for the manufacturer to guarantee
that certain ingredients are not included. Fairly simple since
most quality feed mills don't use those items anyway!
The main problem you may have is the fact that people seem
to go in and out of "raising rabbits for profit" on a fairly routine
basis. If there are not enough rabbits being delivered to the
truck on your route, it could be changed to make it more
profitable for P-F. So many people have stopped raising
rabbits in my area that Pel-Freez can no
longer justify a trip to this area. Many producers seem to only
have a "hobby" attitude about this type of endeavor.
In the ten years that I've raised rabbits, I've never had them
refuse to take my rabbits. The checks are on time.
The checks don't bounce. Some producers have been left
without payment in dealing with some processors in other
parts of the country over the years.
Good luck with your endeavor.