Cuniculture Conference! All About How to Raise Rabbits!

CUNICULTURE!

Saturday, March 18th - 10am-3pm
Saturday, April 22nd - 10am-3pm
Saturday, May 20th - 10am-3pm

All over the world, when the Peace Corps or some other charitable agency goes into a place to teach people how to farm, one of the VERY FIRST things to teach them is how to raise rabbits.  In one year, managed correctly, you can get more meat from ONE PAIR of rabbits than from a cow!

Some other great benefits:

  • They convert food into meat weight SIX TIMES more efficiently than cows.
  • They can be raised in small spaces like basements, garages or back yards.
  • Most city zoning codes ignore them - unlike chickens or other livestock.
  • Because there is no massive "Big Rabbit" industry, they are largely unregulated.
  • They can be sold for pets or for meat - the average 12 week old rabbit being about five pounds.
  • They are sweet and cute and they don't make noise.
  • Rabbit meat is VERY lean and very good for you. Much better than beef.
  • They are much easier to slaughter and clean than larger animals.
  • In a circumstance where you have to feed your own family, rabbits can eat about anything from your yard, can be bred every 30 days, are ready to eat in 12 weeks (or less) and could easily produce over 1000 pounds of meat per year for your family, starting with just ONE breeding pair.

On the dates above from 10am to 3pm we will be having a Cuniculture (Rabbit raising) seminar at the farm near Excelsior Springs. It will be taught by our farm manager, Shane Gorter, who spent ten years as the head of the livestock operation for Growing Washington, the largest CSA on the West Coast. He is an expert on many things and we are offering his specially bred strains of rabbits as part of the conference.

Enrollment is $150 and only TEN (10) spots are available. You will learn to make your own cage (which you take home), you'll get three waterers, you'll take home one buck (male) and two does (females) from different litters from Shane's special breeding stock of New Zealand whites bred to grow fast and make lots of babies (we have as many as 11 per litter). You will learn how to care for the rabbits, how to identify their gender, how to tattoo them for identification, how to breed them, how to use their compost (waste) on your garden, how to butcher and prepare them and much more.

If you want to come to the conference to watch and learn but don't want the "stuff" (rabbits, cage, waterers, print materials, certificate, etc.) then the charge is $75. Call or email NOW to reserve your spot!

If you want to bring someone with you, that's OK, but we need to know for lunch plans. If you plan on bringing children, please understand that this is a working farm and we're going to kill cute fluffy bunnies in front of them. Use your best judgement. If you want to opt out of the "finishing" (slaughter) section, you can go play with the baby goats or lambs for a few minutes.

Spaces are filling up quick! Please call 816-929-4466 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NOW to reserve your spot!

SPECIAL NOTE: The rabbits you take home will be between 8-14 weeks old. They should not be bred until at least 25 weeks, so don't expect kits (baby bunnies) immediately. Once they get close to 20 weeks, the male will need to be in a separate cage. Also, we raise them in temperature controlled settings as the males can become sterile over 80 degrees (F). Some of them may still have winter coats, so you need to plan ahead where you're going to keep them that is cool, dry and shaded. We'll go over all that at the conference, but it helps to plan ahead. We will have extra supplies (food, cages, waterers, more rabbits, etc) available at the conference for purchase separately.

COMING SOON! - More training conferences about birds (chickens, quail, ducks, geese), goats (for meat & milk), pigs (American Guinea Hogs), aquaponics (fish and plants in recycling systems), vermiculture (worms), bushcraft (survival), edible Missouri plants and much more.

See more at http://www.TheLibertyFarm.com