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Is there are Rabbit processors in Canada? I am in BC, and we would like to raise rabbits. Alternatively, is there a way to find someone to butcher rabbits for us, if we decide to go that route?

We are new to this, and trying to get all the info before we begin :)
 

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No guarantee, but you might try contacting Hills Foods in Barnaby, B.C. They used to buy rabbits for processing, but I think they now only process for individuals like yourself, who would pay them to process the rabbits. Don't know if this telephone number is still good or not... you may need to get it from Information or look it up on the web: (604) 421-3100.

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Professional Rabbit Meat Association
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Update as of the new Market Report received on 5-21-04:

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Changing Strides Farm
Tel. (604) 888 9129
Langley, B.C.
Canada

Paying .80-1.10 per lb. for WHITE fryers, only, weighing 4.5-5.5 lbs; .40 lb. for 6 lbs. and up. Will also purchase 5-6 week old rabbits for grow out - $2.00 each. Reports poor supply, excellent demand.

Pat Lamar
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Professional Rabbit Meat Association
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Thank you Pat for the posting! We are DESPERATELY looking for some farmers to work with. I am selling all that I can produce and still come up way short each month! NEED RABBITS!!!!

Judith
Changing Strides Farm
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Thank YOU for submitting your listing to the Market Report! The May-June issue of the PRMA Journal was just mailed out, today, complete with the new Market Report containing your listing. Unfortunately, it won't appear in the ARBA's Domestic Rabbits until they publish their July-August issue.

Surprisingly, the shortage of rabbits seems to be lasting longer than usual, this year, so it's not just you. Usually by this time, we have an influx of available fryers and not enough demand. The closing of Columbia River Farms in Clatskanie, Oregon, a few years back caused us to lose a great many commercial producers in the Pacific Northwest. It's just going to take time for it to pick up, again. Sure hope you'll be able to wait it out 'cause we sure need you!

Pat Lamar
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Professional Rabbit Meat Association
http://www.prma.org/
 
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