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Meat Rabbit "Type"

Post Number:#1  Unread postby SarniaTricia » Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:03 pm


I have a mixed bunch of meat mutts.
That being said, I wanted to evaluate my mutts based on a solid TYPE.

This article has helped me in deciding who to keep and who to go:
Hope it can help others pick who to keep as breeding stock.

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Post Number:#2  Unread postby Rainey » Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:26 pm


Thanks for the link. Looking at type for evaluating breeding stock is the thing I'm finding hardest about raising rabbits for meat so I can use all the help I can find.

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Post Number:#3  Unread postby grumpy » Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:09 pm


It takes a lifetime to develop a line of meat rabbits that breed true to type.
It's far easier and less stressful obtaining that what you wish to produce.
I've raised meat rabbits since the early 70's and learned real quick to take
advantage of others' endeavors. ''Sometimes'' it's darned hard finding what
you want, though.

I almost gave up when I built a new rabbitry and COULD NOT find
halfway decent stock. Luckily, I found 2 bucks and 3 does that became the
foundation of the herd that's in the barn now. This stock has started
rabbitry's from Minnesota to Louisiana. I applaud your efforts in what
you're attempting to do... But it's a whole lot easier buying youngsters
off of the top producers in a commercial herd and hitting the ground
running with your first generation.

Good Luck.. I wish you the best.

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Post Number:#4  Unread postby Nymphadora » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:53 pm


It's certainly a good link for those of us still learning to identify good qualities or characteristics in meat stock! Thank you for sharing, Tricia! :D

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Post Number:#5  Unread postby Otterman » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:08 am


I used New Zealand Whites , California and their crosses...I find Californias more solid than the NZ's....the ones I had were a bit agressive though compared to the NZ's. Met a guy who prefers Chinchillas due to his personal obsevation that the meat is better.

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby SarniaTricia » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:03 am


Otterman wrote:I used New Zealand Whites , California and their crosses...I find Californias more solid than the NZ's....the ones I had were a bit agressive though compared to the NZ's. Met a guy who prefers Chinchillas due to his personal obsevation that the meat is better.



I have meat mutt cross using two lines; New Zealand and American Chinchillas (and I am sure there is a few other breeds in there too.) I find the Chins grow really well... That being said; the person I got my seed stock from was doing some breeding for pelt colours too, so some of the NZ rabbits had lost their vigor due to intensive line breeding.

I don't find a difference on the breed's meat quality, but I also haven't set rabbits aside with the purpose of comparing.

I want to breed for pelt colour as well, but I was concerned about loosing the vigor and meat type, so that's how I stumbled on the attached site. (and I like to share, so others don't have to go through all the searching)
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