Originally Posted by JIL
anyone here raising for pel freeze? what are the pros and cons? what are the must knows? thanks JIL
Before relying on advice from people who don't deal with Pel-Freez, I would suggest you contact them directly. They don't bite and will answer questions not addressed on their website. In the past, acceptance of new growers has often been based on the # of fryers needed on a particular route.
I was (no longer....other opportunities arose) a grower for 12 years. I never found their regulations to be "a pain". Rules were developed to aid with producers becoming profitable and remaining in the business for a long time. I've seen many times that Pel-Freez wants their producers to have "air-conditioned barns". I've never been told that. It's never been in a newsletter to me and I did not have air-conditioning. However, I did use swamp coolers which greatly enhanced rabbit production without the huge expense of air-conditioners. The insulation of the ceiling is very important to rabbit welfare issues in Texas and other southern areas.
I don't feel that I was large scale when compared to friends with over 1,000 does. I never had more than 150 does and managed to generate the equivalent of a reliable part-time income at a job that I love!
I did not purchase feed in "bulk". My feed mill delivered two tons at a time
in sacks. I do know producers with bulk feed storage. However, that is an expensive startup and you must have room for the trucks/augers.
Lots of manure.............great income!!! Made one quarter as much money from manure sales as I did from fryer sales.
Good luck with your venture.