Mengyin long-haired rabbit is a hybrid breed which is based on local long-haired rabbit and introduced into the legal and German lineages. It has the advantages of stable heredity, good variety and good wool quality. Mengyin long-haired rabbits in southern Shandong have strong adaptability to rough feeding and can be cultured in many areas.
In terms of selection, breeders also have certain criteria for choosing rabbits. Male rabbits should be well developed, disease-resistant and sexually active. The female rabbits should be large in size, have a high content of coarse hair and have a high wool yield. After 3 months of age, male and female were raised separately to prevent early mating. The non-mating rabbits should not be overweight or thin if they are given medium nutritional level.
During the first month of mating, carrots and rice bran were fed at the same time as full feed to improve the performance of male rabbits. Rabbits should be sheared when mating. When mating, the female rabbit should be caught in the male rabbit cage, not in the female rabbit cage.
Breeding time, spring and autumn season should be in the morning or after 4 p.m., summer should be in the cool night, winter can be at noon. Rabbits can be bred twice a day, every other day. The female rabbit should reproduce every other month.
Feeding of pregnant rabbits. Pregnant rabbits were fed mainly with green fodder, and concentrates were added appropriately to supplement high protein, minerals and vitamins. Before parturition, we should pay attention to the movement of the female rabbit, put the parturient female rabbit in a box covered with soft grass, and put a bowl of brown sugar water in the box to prevent the female rabbit from swallowing the young rabbit because of thirst. During lactation, the female rabbits should feed more millet soup and cooked bean juice, provide enough clean drinking water, and supplement with concentrate and green juicy feed.
After delivery, mother and offspring were separated and fed 3 to 5 times a day. Pay attention to proper feeding. They mainly feed forage such as forage grass and grass, accounting for 70-80% of the total diet. Adult rabbits need about 800 grams of green fodder per day, while young rabbits need 400-500 grams of green fodder. In order to raise rabbits with grass, we should reduce the feeding time and increase the proportion of bran, soybean meal and Maize in concentrate feed, and pay attention to supplementing minerals to rabbits.
In the past, because of the shortage of funds of farmers in the countryside, most of them only breed animals without disease prevention. When they get sick, it is often too late to treat them, resulting in a large number of rabbit deaths. Many people have a bias in understanding that rabbits are susceptible to disease and death. In fact, like other livestock, raising rabbits is easy to master and everyone can learn. As long as the epidemic prevention is well done, it is economical and efficient, and the incidence of rabbit disease is less.