This is a commercial "TERMINAL SIRE" breed of rabbit that was first developed at Alabama A&M University and later at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Foundation breeds were Flemish Giant, Champagne d' Argent, and Californian. The Altex was genetically selected for heavy 70 day market weights for over 20 generations. Color markings are that of a Californian (CAL), but weights are heavier ranging from 10 to 20 pounds. Altex x New Zealand White crossbred fryers typically reach market weight a week earlier than NZW purebred fryers. Another recommended cross is the mating from an Altex buck to a CAL X NZW crossbred doe. It is emphasized that these are commercial-bred rabbits. They were not developed for exhibition at rabbit shows. Rather, these rabbits are long-bodied with large ears, non-dense fur, etc., so as to be more heat tolerant to allow for better production.
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