THE 6 BEST RABBITS
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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