Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rabbit breed for meat

When discussing rabbit breeds we are only looking at those breeds preferred for their meat. For that reason, there are a couple of criteria to keep in mind. The giant breeds like the Flemish Giants do produce large fryers with a lot of meat. However, they also have larger bones, so the meat to bone ratio is not as good as smaller breeds.

The rabbit breeds most commonly raised for meat are the California and the New Zealand White. They are both for high milk production, ability to rebreed frequently, and for producing large litters.
Types of rabbit breed suitable for meat is a:

The Californian
The California is a meat rabbit developed in the United States this breed sometime known as Himalayan. Typically they weigh about 9-10 pounds and have white fur with black nose, ears, feet and tail. They are usually rather plump but have fine bones, meaning there is a good ratio of meat to bone. A California doe will usually produce a little of 6-8 babies.

The New Zealand White
The New Zealand meat rabbits is another breed developed in the United Stated, weighing 10-13 pounds when full grown. Their fur can range from white (thus “New Zealand White”) to red or black. They grow rapidly reaching 4-5 pounds by 8 weeks of age, with a well-muscled body and ears with prominent veins. A New Zealand doe will usually produce a litter of 8-10 babies.

Champagne D ’Argent
Two other rabbit breeds bred and raised for their meat are the Champagne D ’Argent and the Florida White. The Champagne is a medium length with larger hindquarters and usually weighs between 10 and 15 pounds when mature. On the other hand the Florida White is smaller, only 4-6 pounds and considered a better breed for the fryer market. It is becoming more and more popular with the backyard breeders of meat rabbits.

There are links online for finding breeders of the various meat rabbit breeds. Before buying breeding pairs, ask if you can see where they are being raised. Beware though that in an effort to keep down the introduction of disease some breeders will not permit you to tour their facility. Here in Beruas Agrofarm you can select your own breed for commercial purposed or for your own little cage.Since, we select only our best New Zealand White to produce our fresh and nutritious meat.


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