While all rabbits can be raised for meat, there are some rabbit breeds that make up great backyard herds. Perhaps you want to get started with rabbits and haven’t decided on which breed yet. Or maybe you have been raising them, but are thinking about switching to a multipurpose breed. Here are three proven rabbit breeds that can excel for small scale breeders.
I’m a huge fan of raising heritage breeds whenever logical, especially increasing numbers of endangered varieties. The Livestock Conservancy publishes a list of threatened breeds every year. Any time you can raise one of the breeds on this list, you are doing a great service by increasing the stock numbers and genetic diversity of that variety. Anybody can raise New Zealands and Californians. And maybe you have some of those too, but as a small scale producer you are in a great position to raise help preserve heritage breeds!