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Rabbit industry at a glance in Canada

The following rabbit supply sheet provides market information statistics of inventory and number of farms (Canada and United States), slaughter, consumption, prices, and trade.

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Rabbit industry at a glance

Inventory and number of farms
Graph: Value of rabbit inventories and number of farms in Canada as shown in the tables below

Source: Statistics Canada, Census of Agriculture
Calculations done by AAFC-AID, Market Information Section

Inventory of rabbits and number of farms by region in Canada

Number of farms
  1991 1996 2001 2006 2011 2016
Atlantic provinces 348 310 83 116 136 112
Quebec 1,110 889 327 518 528 539
Ontario 2,398 1,952 730 881 1,021 950
Manitoba 586 432 99 152 150 140
Saskatchewan 1,079 652 119 237 189 235
Alberta 1,605 1,249 237 502 445 470
British Columbia 989 910 264 341 323 392
Canada 8,115 6,394 1,859 2,747 2,792 2,838
Source: Statistics Canada, Census of Agriculture
Number of head
  1991 1996 2001 2006 2011 2016
Atlantic provinces 4,773 3,659 2,110 1,905 1,324 1,889
Quebec 109,811 105,649 96,213 102,350 70,853 61,211
Ontario 115,332 120,801 117,925 75,680 93,574 95,426
Manitoba 13,276 8,620 11,902 9,891 3,985 2,050
Saskatchewan 25,582 7,057 4,189 1,983 1,342 1,655
Alberta 21,868 18,982 5,666 5,753 8,129 4,917
British Columbia 32,373 20,598 17,757 8,613 5,728 5,341
Canada 323,015 285,366 255,762 206,175 184,935 172,489
Source: Statistics Canada, Census of Agriculture
Graph: Value of rabbit inventories and number of farms in the United States as shown in the table below

USDA, Census of Agriculture
Calculations done by AAFC-AID, Market Information Section

Inventory and number of farms in the United States
  1997 2002 2007 2012 2017
Number of head 582,111 405,241 616,129 400,049 280,336
Number of farms 18,104 10,073 27,137 13,420 8,864
Source: USDA, Census of Agriculture
Slaughter
Graph: Value of rabbit slaughter in Canada as shown in the table below

Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Calculations done by AAFC-AID, Market Information Section

Canada's federally and provincially inspected slaughter
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 % change
2018 to 2019
Number of head 640,167 633,032 623,135 642,827 582,244 592,502 670,867 621,561 605,379 523,046 528,376 1%
Source: AAFC/Market Information Section
Consumption
Graph: Value of annual consumption of rabbit in Canada as shown in the table below

Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Calculations done by AAFC-AID, Market Information Section

Consumption per capita in Canada
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 % change
2018 to 2019
Per capita consumption (grams) 20.9 22.7 23.6 23.5 24.8 25.0 22.1 22.6 20.9 14.7 18.3 24.6%
Source: AAFC/Red Meat Section Estimate
Prices
Quebec prices by category
  2017 2018 2019 % change
2018 to 2019
Over 2.36 kilogram 4.10 4.10 4.10 0.0%
Over 1.25 kilogram (carcass weight) 7.59 7.59 7.59 0.0%
Older rabbits 2.98 2.98 2.98 0.0%
Source: Syndicat des producteurs de lapins du Québec
Imports and exports
Canadian imports/exports of rabbit or hare meat and edible offal
(HS Code: 0208.10.00)
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Exports - value (C$) 822,634 233,988 73,428 595,237 531,321
Exports - quantity (kg) 205,186 38,949 6,360 151,610 131,444
Imports - value (C$) 883,572 402,835 70,561 210,483 812,606
Imports - quantity (kg) 159,007 78,525 13,755 41,030 158,402
Source: Statistics Canada

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