Determination of Omega-3 Fatty Acid in Pastured Raised Meat Rabbits

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2002: $5,937.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Region: Northeast
State: Maryland
Project Leader:
Robin Way
Rumbleway Farm


  • Agronomic: corn
  • Animals: rabbits


  • Animal Production: housing, free-range
  • Education and Training: on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, marketing management, value added
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Animals raised on pasture are often higher in omega-3 fatty acids, a characteristic that is a consumer draw. The farmer will raise rabbits in houses and on pasture and compare growth, mortality, carcass quality, taste, and percent omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid. The primary goal is to see if pasture-raise rabbits are leaner, richer in omega-3 fatty acids, and better tasting; a secondary goal is increase acceptance of rabbit as a source of meat. Outreach will be through a producer newsletter, the farm bureau, and extension.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.