- 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
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.