The New Zealand Rabbit is a breed of rabbit native to the United States. It has now been promoted worldwide. It has a large number of breeding, good economic benefits, and strong adaptability to the environment. The number of breeding rabbits in the vast rural areas of China is relatively large, and the meat production rate Tall and larger.
Morphological Characteristics of New Zealand Rabbit
There are many colors of New Zealand rabbits, but most of them are white. White New Zealand rabbits are usually called New Zealand white rabbits. They have plump rear drive, high meat yield, erect ears, red eyes, larger head and good body proportions. .
- New Zealand rabbit and New Zealand white rabbit: New Zealand rabbit is a medium-sized meat breed. It was bred in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. At first it was reddish-brown, then white and black varieties appeared. Among them, the white New Zealand white rabbit has the best production performance and the largest number of breeding in the world. It is one of the most famous meat varieties in the modern world.
- Appearance characteristics of New Zealand rabbits: New Zealand rabbits are medium-sized, well-proportioned, well-developed, thick white coat, stubby head, wide forehead, pink eyes, wide ears, short and erect, stubby neck, waist ribs Plump, straight back waist, round hindquarters, short limbs, sturdy and powerful, and thick feet, suitable for cages. It has a good crossbreeding effect with Japanese white rabbits and California rabbits. There are 3 varieties of New Zealand rabbits: white, black and reddish brown. Currently, New Zealand white rabbits have a pure white coat, pink eyes, a wide round and stubby head, wide and erect ears, plump buttocks, well-developed lumbar ribs, strong limbs, and meaty breeds. Typical characteristics.
- The production performance of New Zealand rabbits: The biggest feature of New Zealand rabbits is the early growth and development, the 40-day-old weaned 1.0-1.2 kg, and the 90-day-old weighs more than 2 kg. It is similar to the large rabbit Belgian rabbit (details), German flower giant The weight gains of rabbits and French ram rabbits over the same period are almost the same. The adult weight is 3.5 to 5 kg. Good reproductive performance, more than 5 litters per year, with an average of 6 to 8 litters. The meat production rate is high, the meat is tender and the slaughter rate is 50-55%. High feed utilization rate. Tender temperament, easy to manage.
Key Points of Feeding New Zealand Rabbit
In the breeding and management of New Zealand rabbits, the choice of feed should follow two principles. One is reasonable feeding to ensure comprehensive nutrition; the other is the selection of feed materials to ensure the highest economic benefits. Looking at the simple principles, it is still very difficult to achieve these two points.
- Feeding and management of female rabbits during lactation: Reasonable preparation of the rations of female rabbits during lactation can promote normal lactation of female rabbits. The feed formula is: corn 10%, bean cake 15%, bran 30%, grass meal 42%, bone meal 2%, salt 0.5% to 1%. Female rabbits consume a lot of nutrients during lactation. At the peak of lactation, 750~1000 grams of green fodder and 125~200 grams of mixed concentrate should be fed daily.
- Early feeding of young rabbits: According to the characteristics of the rapid weight gain of New Zealand rabbits in the early stage, suckling young rabbits are trained to eat and eat grass from the age of 16 days. The initial supplementary feed requires high nutrition and easy digestion, and is fed 5-6 times a day. And provide enough clean drinking water. The young rabbits should be gradually added to the compound feed until they are 30 days old. The formula is: corn 10%, bean cake 10%, bran 35%, grass meal 42%, bone meal 2%, and salt 0.5%-1%. Baby rabbits are generally weaned from 30 to 45 days of age. Their digestive function is not perfect, and they are more gluttonous, prone to food accumulation and diarrhea. Don’t feed too much each time. Gradually increase the amount of feed as the age increases. Generally, they are fed mixed essence 2 times a day and green feed 3 times, feeding at intervals to achieve timing, quantification, and determination of indicators.