Rabbits: New Zealand white

Rabbits: New Zealand white

New Zealand white (New Zeland white - Neo Zeelandis)

Italian standard of the cunicule breeds: MEDIUM BREED CATEGORY.
Weight: 4.3-4.7 kg.

New Zealand was selected as a beef breed in the United States in the early 1900s. It has three varieties: White, Red and Black. In England a blue variety was also created. In Italy it is recognized in two distinct breeds: the New Zealand White and the New Zealand Red. The black one, not widespread in Italy (does not fall within the Italian Standard), perfectly meets the standard of the Bianca, but has a uniform black coat, with dark brown eyes and dark horn-colored nails.
The New Zealand White can be considered the queen of the meat breeds for its excellent characteristics of fertility, prolificity and productivity. The breed currently bred is very different from the one initially selected, which had a long narrow head and short and sparse coat. Today the breed has a relatively large head, short neck, parallelogram body, with well-developed muscle masses. The fur is dense and thick, albino white in color, with red depigmented eyes.
The typically meat attitude is evident in the parallelogram body, very squat and collected. Excellent yield at the slaughterhouse and rapid growth. (weight less than three months equal to 2.5-2.8 kg). Excellent maternal list of mares and their fertility.
It adapts very well to the conditions of intensive breeding. It is also widely used in the production of commercial hybrids with the Californian.

Serious defects

atypical; diffuse gray or yellow shades; fur too long or too short; coarse skin without elasticity; ears too weak, thin. White brown tufts or a lot of rust in the black variety.

Male breed New Zealand white rabbit
(photo National Association of Italian Rabbit Farmers ANCI)

White New Zealand female breed rabbit
(photo National Association of Italian Rabbit Farmers ANCI)

Video: Butchering - New Zealand White Rabbits