Meat rabbit farming is one of Australia’s fastest growing new industries. While its long term size will never rival that of our traditional meat industries, it is providing a useful source of income diversification for a number of people in regional and rural areas where farm incomes have plummeted in recent years.
Rabbit farming was prohibited throughout Australia until 1987 because of the pest status of wild rabbits. Prohibition was first lifted in Western Australia, though strict controls on commercial rabbit farming were applied. Over the last 5-6 years state legislation has been changed to allow commercial rabbit farming in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Currently rabbit farming is not legal in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
For commercial meat production, New Zealand White appears to be the principal breed being used in Australia. New Zealand Whites have many desirable traits such as rapid growth rate, good carcass quality, good prolificacy and mothering ability.
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