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Lamb-Sized Giant Rabbits
Spanish Giant rabbits are the size of a small lamb and can produce as much as 15 lbs. of meat. Originally introduced in the early 1900’s by Spanish rabbit breeders, the Spanish Giant nearly became extinct.
    The big breed was created by crossbreeding Flemish Giants with large Spanish rabbit breeds. The original breed had reproductive problems and digestive issues.
    According to Vincente Garcia, Valencia Agricultural Research Institute, Valencia, Spain, the Spanish Giants have potential for the amount of meat they produce, but also for the speed at which they breed. Litters of 16 bunnies are common.
    If reintroduction of the Spanish Giant is successful, it will join about 10 other large rabbit breeds around the world. Garcia says the breeding program for Spanish Giants is intended to test its productivity and profitability with the goal of introducing the breed in a widespread way for human consumption.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA),
 Carretera Moncada - Náquera, Km. 4,5, 
Apartado Oficial, 
46113 Moncada (Valencia), Spain (ph 011 34 96 342 40 00; www.ivia.es/apropos/i_index.html).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #6