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Florida White Rabbits: Good things in small packages

Florida White rabbits are a small-sized rabbit breed (adults weigh 4-6 pounds or 1.8-2.7 kilos, with the does being heavier) that was developed in Florida in the 1960’s as a meat rabbit which would also be functional for laboratory use. Its lines originated from small New Zealand, Polish White and Dutch White rabbits.

The fur is white with good density and texture, and they have a compact, meaty body, short neck, and small head. The ideal Florida White is a short bodied, well rounded with plenty of muscle for size in the hindquarters, back and shoulders. The ideal senior weight for the breed is 5 pounds, with an acceptable range from 4-6 pounds. Separating them early is crucial since they often mature quickly.
Florida Whites are generally docile, good natured rabbits that make excellent mothers. Because of its smaller size, Florida Whites are ideal for those who don’t have a lot of space to devote to their rabbitry or who may be raising them indoors.
To get in touch with Florida White breeders or learn more about the breed, visit  www.fwrba.net

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  • Brian

    Tiffany how do i go about selling rabbit blood to a biomedical seller??? Also how difficult is to get a USDA certification ???? Any leads would be great, thank you.

  • http://www.raisingrabbitsebook.com Tiffany

    Go to google and look for “rabbit serum”. You’ll see medical supply companies selling it. You’ll need to start contacting the one by one to see if any of them are purchasing. I don’t have any contacts at any of these companies nor have I done it myself. But they generally only take blood from New Zealand Whites and Californian rabbits and it must be done under the company’s restrictions and guidelines.

    Serum is the clear, straw-colored, liquid portion of blood plasma that does not contain fibrinogen or blood cells and remains fluid after clotting. Serums are obtained from non-hemolyzed blood that is collected from healthy and fasted donors. The donors are not medicated in any way and are maintained on an antibiotic free diet. Sterilization is accomplished by Millipore filtration.

    Breeders which sell and breed rabbits for lab use are regulated by the USDA so I’m assuming that’s what you are after. Rabbits raised for meat purposes do not need this certification and it is only voluntary.

    You will need to get USDA certification under the Animal Welfare Act , which runs $30-700.

    In the United States, the Animal Welfare Act regulates the care and use of animals in many areas, including animal research. The Act has been modified and updated several times since its adoption in 1966, and currently covers all warm-blooded animals except rats, mice and birds, and farm animals used in food and fiber research.
    The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), oversees compliance with the Act. APHIS maintains a pool of investigators who inspect animal research facilities at least once a year and report their findings to the USDA and the public. Those not in compliance with the Act may be fined or have their licenses revoked.
    More information about the act: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/downloads/aw/awlicreg.pdf
    To request an application kit: https://web01.aphis.usda.gov/ApplicationKit.nsf/application?OpenForm
    More about inspections: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/inspections.shtml

    You might also want to consider getting accreditations, like those available here: http://www.aaalac.org/

  • steve rivera

    i would like to find some one who has the florida white in Puerto Rico. my number is 787 532 3003

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  • http://.......com Kristen

    I love FW’s. i have one Named Bo. He LOVES to play with our kitten, and share a cherrry sucker withs me every once in a while. ill be bredding him soon :)

  • http://www.cassimsmeats.co.za Clinton Brits

    Hello tiffany. I have had buyers approach me for the purchase of skins and meat but never for the blood, it is normally just discarded. What is the purpose of this blood?

    Regards
    Clinton Brits
    Cassims meats

  • http://www.raisingrabbitsebook.com Tiffany

    This would be used by labs for various testing purposes. One would need a fully licensed laboratory and centrifuge to get going with something like this.