Feed requirements and feed conversion
According to "Rabbit Production" by Mcnitt et al. 2000. "As a rule of thumb, a New Zealand White Doe and litter will consume about 100 pounds of feed from breeding to eight weeks of age. Weanling rabbits will consume from 2 to 6 ounces of feed per day, depending on their size.
Feed conversion is the pounds of feed consumed divided by the pounds of body weight gained. It is commonly referred to as the feed:grain ratio. Weanling rabbits will consume about 3 pounds of feed per pound of gain. As a rule it will take 3.5 to 4.0 pounds of feed for a doe and litter per pound of gain of the litter."
Incidentally alfalfa meal, whatever that is, ranges from 40% to 54% of some examples of diet formulas this book gives. Anyway using this ratio and the figure of $11.50 per 50 pound feed bag; This works out to be $0.23/pound of feed; Multiply $0.23/pound of feed by 4.0 pounds of feed per pound of weight gain gives a cost of $0.92 per pound of rabbit grown. However, then you need to multiply by 2 because 50% of the rabbit will be lost when you process it - unless you have a dog to eat bones, fur and guts. Yet at $1.84 a pound it is still low cholesterol meat you have had control over. Meat is becoming more expensive everywhere these days. I hope these figures are helpful. Adrian.