Don’t waste your pasture on rabbits.
Did you know – ten to 15 rabbits eat as much grass as a sheep? Rabbits were first released in New Zealand by Captain Cook in 1777, and settlers introduced more to provide food, fur, and sport. By the 1870s they were well established.
Wild rabbits sour pasture by eating the best grass and their digging can expose vulnerable soils to wind erosion and invasive weeds. They also permanently damage seedling trees and are a nuisance in vegetable gardens.
They prefer lighter soils in open country, among scrub in rocky places and plantations. They thrive on land that receives less than 1000mm of rain per year, is in a sunny position, and has light soil, good drainage, and shelter within easy reach of short grass and open ground.
Rabbits live in colonies or warrens, which can be extensive with many interconnecting burrows. They are nocturnal, spending most of the daylight hours below ground.
Under ideal conditions, a female rabbit can produce 30 young a year. Rabbits breed throughout the year, although the main breeding season is spring to early summer. The gestation period is 28-30 days and the litter size is three to seven. The doe (female) usually mates within 12 hours of giving birth.
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For more information about Rabbit Control in New Zealand: www.biosecurity.govt.nz