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BLACKFOOT, ID - Steaks and hamburgers may be summer staples, but as cattle prices continue to rise, some are skipping the beef for rabbit meat.

At the Eastern Idaho State Fair over the weekend, growers showcased their rabbits -- many raised solely for their meat -- and they say the demand for rabbit is growing.

"Our economy has been tough for people to...buy the beef or the type of meat they want," said Lawrence Weeks, who raises rabbits.  "You raise them up until the babies are 4.5 to 5 pounds. I kill them at five-and-a-quarter."

"A lot of people say it tastes like chicken. It has its own distinct taste," said Matt Rosenberg, who also raises rabbits. "Doomsday preppers, all of the prepper movement is really going big into the rabbits because they're a small animal, you can raise them in the backyard."

"One rabbit will produce more than one -- more meat in a year faster in a year than a steer will," said Jolyn Cotant, a cuniculturalist.

Growers say there are two types of rabbits you ca raise: meat rabbits and fancy rabbits.  They say fancy rabbits are smaller and not as profitable for meat.


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