i raise dutch for meat. i do not care iif they yeild a smaller carcass, i care about the dress out percentage. i belive that in butching anything, you should avoid waist. that's why i got the smaller dutch than the bigger nz because they had the lowest wast in their dressout percentage i have ever seen. but everytime i point this out some one gets grouchy and declares smaller breeds useless. they say they don't fit the standerds for a rabbit processer. but we are homesteaders, are we not? the meat we raise is mostly for our own consumption.