New Zealand Black or Reds crossed with Californians

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  1. tbishop

    tbishop Well-Known Member

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    Hello.
    I was wondering if anyone has any experience with breeding the colored New Zealands with Californians. Is it as an effective cross as the New Zealand white/Californian? I don't care about the color of the pelt, as if I ever figure out tanning then I will only be using them for home use anyway. Anyway, just curious.

    Tim
     
  2. PassMe2010

    PassMe2010 New Member

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    I recently saw a NZ Red and Californian cross and as soon as the man's next litter is ready I will have one or two of them. They looked just like a Californian but instead of the black/brown color on the ears, nose, etc. the cross had red.

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  3. tbishop

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    That would be neat! Thanks for sharing that. I have a trio of New Zealands on the way at the end of next month, so I'm gonna start looking for a californian buck or pair in March to start the meat production going. Thanks again!!

    Tim
     
  4. Tucker

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    Hello Tim, I have a Red New Zealand doe ,,, when I bred her with my Cal buck she had 7 solid black kits , I bred her with my WNZ buck she had 7 mm blond /brown mix looking kits ,,
    I have a black NZ doe , with the cal she had mixed litters either black kits or cal looking ,, with the WNZ buck she had 3 white 1 black 2 brown mix ,,,, I was hoping for a blue ,,

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  5. tbishop

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    The colors sound like fun :). Were the kits the same superb fryers that you get from the NZW/ Cal cross? Thanks!

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  6. Tucker

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    Well Tim ,, Actually the Red n Black NZ kits grew bigger ,, heavier ,, sooner ,, n were meatier carcasses when we butchered ,,,

    but ,, the black n red have had only litters of 6 & 7 kits (I don't think Blackie knows any other number to have 4 litters of 7 lol) ,, same as my Cal does 5 - 8 kits ,, the WNZ does have had litters of 9 - 12+ = takes longer to get the weight the smaller litters get sooner ,,,

    This has been my experience so far ,, I only recently got 5 breeding age WNZ s does and have been impressed with the litter numbers compared to the cals n the colored nzs I had ,, but I can see a difference in the weights of the larger litters ,,

    Tammy
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