Thank you for your interest in our local breeder program. We are excited to support local breeders and farms in our community and surrounding areas.
This page serves two (2) key purposes:
- To inform our customers of the quality proteins used to make our products and
- To encourage partnerships with local breeders and farmers.
Quality proteins is the foundation to making our GREAT products.
The welfare of animals is of the utmost importance to us. We require that all animals be humanely raised and handled, in good health, and free of antibiotics and hormones. We encourage grass fed, and non-GMO feeding. To ensure that our standards are being met we require each of our breeders to sign a certification that they are meeting or exceeding our requirements.
Locally sourced livestock currently includes: alpaca, beef, goat, llama, pork and sheep which are sourced from local farmers, in whole or in part.
|Name (Individual or Business)||Type of Animal(s) Raised||
License(s) and/or Experience
|Describe Raising Conditions||Describe What Animal(s) are Fed||Photo|
|D & J Farms||Sheep||Our dad bought this farm in 1986 we milked cows until 1998 when our market went bad. We tried different thing until 2006 when we bought our first sheep. We bought 14 ewes and raised the rest of our stock. We now have 135 ewes.||Free range most of the time and then in a barn during the winter months. We use only natural products for deworming.||We mostly graze as long as grass is available. In winter they are fed baleage that we make on our farm.||NA|
We recommend that rabbits are fed a balanced diet including hay, occasional veggies and fruit, along with non-GMO pellets. We encourage breeders to use an open colony concept for rabbitry if they are able to do so, or large hutches/pens.
|Name (Individual or Business)||Type of Animal(s) Raised||
License(s) and/or Experience
|Website||Describe Raising Conditions||Describe What Animal(s) are Fed||Photo|
|Blue Ridge Rabbit Meat Company||Rabbits: California, Smut Nose and New Zealand Whites||South Carolina Department of Agriculture registered Manufacturer -Rabbit Processor, FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food||www.blueridgerabbitmeatco.com||Every rabbit is raised in an independent, sheltered environment that allows each animal to receive proper and individualized food, water, and rest.||All rabbits are hand fed a special blend of 18% rabbit feed, that we have worked with our feed company the last 3 years to get the most conversion, a high fiber no grain by-products that will maximize feed conversions to meat. We also supplement with timothy and alfalfa hay that we grown on our own 150 acres that we spread our own rabbit manure on.||
Photo of Staff
|Charlene & Catherine Benton||Creme D'Argents, New Zealands, Brittania Petites, Holland Lops, Mini Rex, Himalayans||We are members of the American Rabbit Breeders Association and the Creme D'Argent Federation. We conduct Trumbull County Fair Open Rabbit Show. We are 4-H Advisors and have been raising rabbits since 1980.||Not Available||The rabbits have stacking cages with trays in a barn||
Kalmbach 16% All Natural Rabbit Pellets, hay and oats
|Photo of Primary Caregiver|
|Melvin Byler||New Zealand, Flemish Giants, California||Not Available||Not Available||Rabbits are in an enclosed structure in hanging cages. The cages have a water system that feeds water to each cage.||Pellets||NA|
|Kenneth Barrows||New Zealand Whites||I've been a livestock dealer specializing in rabbits, goats and poultry for over 30 years I've owned State and federally inspected slaughter facilities and processing centers for meat.||Not Available||All my rabbits are raised in 30 by 30 inch tall wire cages inside barns that have adequate ventilation and are cleaned on a regular basis
||Rabbits are fed strictly rabbit pellets that are manufactured for me to my specs by a local feed company there are no additional antibiotics or hormones used in our feed||NA|
|Nico Garde||New Zealand Whites and New Zealand Cross||I raise NZ whites and NZ crosses for the human and pet food market. I keep some ARBA registered animals for show rabbits. I work at a USDA butcher shop, and I've been handling meat and foods to industry standards for over 6 years between the butcher shop and commercial kitchens.||Not Available||I have does in individual breeder pens 30-66"x24x20. They have unlimited fresh water from an automatic system. The cage floors are wire and there is metal roofing material to control waste movement through the cage levels.||Rabbits are fed an 18% pellet (Kalmbach) and hay. This fall I'll be introducing dried duckweed to their diets.||NA|
|G. Joseph Colucci||
|I have been raising rabbits and chickens for 40 years and a ARBA judge since 2010||Not Available||
Rabbits are raised in hanging cages with tray bottoms in a sheltered environment.
Rabbits are fed daily using drop feeders and provided unlimited water supply.
|Harper Nelson||Mini Lops, Holland Lops, Dutch, & New Zealands||We are a small family run rabbit farm that has been providing rabbits to Hare Today for the past 2 years. We also have ducks, chickens, cats and dogs.||Not Available||Rabbits are raised in hanging cages with tray bottoms in a barn. They also have an area to let them roam and play together outside.||Rabbits are fed Non-GMO pellets daily and have unlimited access to water and hay. They are also provided with fresh fruits and vegetables.|
|Erick Denihan||Flemish Giants, Checkered Giants, and Dutch||
Started as a hobby farm to teach my children responsibility during the Covid shut down. We also raise chickens and have 3 dogs.
|Not Available||Rabbits are in an enclosed structure. They are in large wire cages with the ability to open for colony style when appropriate.||Rabbits are fed daily and provided fresh water through a watering system.
Rabbits are fed pellets, hay, and vegetables grown in our garden.
Robin & Randy Kareha
|Mini Lop Rabbits
||We started raising rabbits for our daughters 4-H involvement in 2004. She left for college on 2010 and so mom and dad took over raising and expanding our Mini Lop breed. We have on average 100 rabbits that we care for, we raise rabbits for showing and show all over the tri-state area. We have a passion for breeding to improve the breed to make it better and uniform. We are a registered rabbitry and members of ARBA ( American Rabbit Breeders Association) and the Mini Lop Club of America.||Not Available||Clean environment, our barn is cleaned daily with cage scraping and vacuuming all loose fur and dirt, floor is swept or vacuumed at minimum of 2 times a day. The drop pans are emptied, rinsed scrubbed with a brush and pine cleaner twice a week. there is no loose fur flying around or hanging on cages in our barn. Barn is well ventilated winter and summer heated in the winter to 42-42 degrees, summer we have several fans running as needed to keep cool and air moving, if extremely hot we add an air conditioner. We maintain an automatic watering system so fresh water is always available. and we have a sick bay in our basement in case a rabbit is sick.||
Daily in the evening 1 ounce feed per pound of rabbit weight.
|Charles Roberstson||Mixed Breeds||Have raised hogs and other livestock for over 25 years.||Not Available||Rabbits are in wooden hutches with wire bottoms and doors. They include a nesting box in the back and have a metal roof.||Rabbits are fed twice a day by hand. They are provided pellets, hay, wheat, and garden veggies||NA|
|Marvin Byler||Flemish Giants||I was a dairy farmer all my life and I'm turning my farm over to my son. Rabbits are my hobby as I still enjoy raising livestock.||Not Available||Rabbits are in wire and wood cages with plenty of fresh air.||Rabbits are fed twice a day a choice of pellets, fresh water, and hay.||NA|
|Katrina and Jason Dye||New Zealands||
We've been raising rabbits for personal and show uses for nearly 20 years.
All wire cages within a pole building. During nicer weather they have all wire cages that are moveable for use outside.
They're fed the appropriate ration of Manna Pro Gro and hay daily.
|Barb Sherlock||Jersey Wooly||We have a family run farm which included horses, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, and of course our dogs and cats. We have raised animals here for 25 years. We also raise and sell hay.||Not Available||Rabbits are raised in stacking cages with trays, located in our barn.||Each individual cage has a feeder and we use water bottles. Pen Pals Professional Rabbit 18% pellets, hay and oats are fed daily.|
|Jaime & John Shelatz||New Zealand||My husband and I are new to raising rabbits. We were looking for something else to make some income while still working our full time jobs. So we decided raising rabbits with the help from our 11 and 7 year old sons. We are not new to raising animals, we live on a 500 head commercial beef family farm. We definitely love animals and good quality ones.||Not Available||Our rabbits are in individual hanging pens that have a flush type system.||I feed the rabbits morning and evening, they get free choice fresh water and free choice rabbit pellets. I also give have during the morning feeding for them to munch on. We feed kalmbach rabbit pellets 16% non GMO.||Rabbit Living Area|
|Harvey Carver||New Zealand Whites and California||Showing rabbit in US and Canada since 1983. I have raised rabbits for over 69 years. I am a lifetime member of the American Rabbits Breeders Association and the American Federation of New Zealand Breeders.||Not Available||Rabbits live in wire cages with trays underneath.||Rabbits are fed Manna Pro rabbit pellets and hay.||NA|
|Kevin Fehr & Ryan Fehr||Mixed Breeds||I have previously raised rabbits for meat and now it is time for Ryan to learn.||Not Available||Rabbits live in wire cages in an enclosed barn that is cleaned regularly.||Rabbits are fed Pen Pals pellets and hay twice daily.||Photo of Primary Caregiver and Rabbit Living Area|
|Jason Siar||Flemish giant/New Zealand mix, and mixed breeds||I have seven years experience raising and breeding rabbits. I primarily raised meat rabbits. I did however raise lion head and mini rex as pets for about a year.||Not Available||Wooden hutches with wire bottom and doors. Each cage has a water bottle, food bowl, and nesting box if female.||The rabbits are fed non gmo pellets daily. The have unlimited access to water and hay. Fresh vegetables and fruits are fed 3 to 4 days a week.||Rabbit Living Area|
|Joe J Miller||Flemish New Zealand cross||Started raising rabbits in 2019 for meat but has had rabbits for 2 years before that.||Not Available||Wire cages in shed that is cleaned weekly||Believe mostly Buckeye brand purchased from Shetler's store in Fredonia-pellets||Rabbit Living Area|
|Neil Shetler||California White and Florida Whites||I have farmed and raised animals all of my life.||Not Available||Rabbits live in an enclosed barn in individual wire pens.||Rabbits are fed oats, hay, grass, pellets, vegetables, and fruits. Rabbits are fed and provided water daily.||NA|
Rex/ Flemish Giants
|10 years of raising rabbits||Not Available||Calf hutches and large cages.||Fed daily pellets and alfalfa hay.||NA|
|Patrick Processing||New Zealands and several other breeds||
Past district director for district 8 area
Several National wind best in shows, Licensed rabbit judge since 1991
|Not Available||Rabbits that I purchase are raised in all wire cages for showing.||Pellets and hay||NA|
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