Hi Pony, Yes, the last thing I want to do is hijack a thread! You said, "I am leaning toward New Zealand or California, or a mix of the two. Something fast-growing with a fairly easy-going temperament, but not TOO easy-going, as I do not want to feel any worse than I will for butchering them. Do you have any recommendation? (Or should we move this to another thread -- don't want to hijack!) Pony!" I have absolutely no suggestions! I have had meat rabbits since last September and so far nary a litter so I'm the last person you want to ask. There's a couple of recent threads on the best meat rabbits, and New Zealands-California mixes seem to be reccomended.