E: isin cu p ho Hi for meat-eaters

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Get the right rab­bit and you can be eat­ing gourmet meat for­ever. A healthy doe eat­ing good qual­ity feed can be re­spon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing up to 275kg of meat in a year, com­pared to what you’d get back from the butcher out of the av­er­age 12-month-old beefie (ap­prox­i­mately 180kg).

They’re also in­cred­i­ble con­vert­ers of feed to meat, al­most twice as ef­fi­cient as your av­er­age cow. A rab­bit needs around 1.8kg of feed to pro­duce 450g of meat, ver­sus a beef cow that needs 3.2kg to pro­duce 450g.

The first thing you need to look at is which breed is go­ing to fit your needs or de­sires. Do you want fast-grow­ing, large meat car­case? Beau­ti­ful pelts? Is per­son­al­ity an is­sue? Do you want large lit­ters?

There are six breeds avail­able in New Zealand that have been bred for meat and pelts: • New Zealand • White Cal­i­for­nian • Stan­dard Chin­chilla • Sil­ver Fox • Satin • Stan­dard Rex

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