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I stumble on to this forum last night. This is great!! Raising rabbits for profit forum. I plan on starting a rabbitry soon after we move on to "The Land" as we call it. We are preparing a 10 acre parcel of land we bought 2 years ago in Central California. After we start living there we want to raise new zealands for meat processing.

I have possibly found my first customer. They requested when I approach them in the future with animals they want certified disease free and want to know what the set up will look like and the living condition of the animals.

How do I certify they are "disease free"?

How do I find processing plants out here? Are there ways I can seach the web or under what section would I look in the phone book? I sure would like to find out if there are more potential customer before I end up more fryers than I can sell.

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I'm not sure about "certifying" rabbits as disease free, but you might check with your state Health Department for information on that. Most "certified disease-free" rabbits are provided by laboratory providers, wherein they must be barrier specific on what disease they are free from. For more information on the laboratory and other rabbit industries, please visit the "Commercial Rabbit Industries" web site at:
http://www.3-cities.com/~fuzyfarm/ .

As for locating processors, the "Market Report" listing of participating rabbit processors and buyers is updated and printed in the PRMA Journal, a bi-monthly publication for the members of the Professional Rabbit Meat Association (PRMA). You may view a fairly recent sample issue (January-February, 2004) on their web site at: http://www.prma.org/ . The "Market Report" appears on pages 20 - 22 in every issue.

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