Effect of adult weight and CT-based selection on the performances of growing rabbits

Zsolt Szendro, Zsolt Matics, Zsolt Gerencsér, Márió Lengyel, István Nagy, Antonella Dalle Zotte

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to compare the productive performance of different genotypes. Maternal (M; n=32, adult weight /AW/ 4.0-4.5kg, selected for number of kits born alive), Pannon White (P; n=32, AW: 4.3-4.8kg), and Large body line (L; n=32, AW: 4.8- 5.4kg) (P and L were selected for carcass traits based on CT /Computer tomography/data) rabbits were analysed. Average daily gain between 5-11wk of age, body weight at 11wk of age and feed intake were significantly (P<0.001) highest for L rabbits. For M, P and L rabbits, the following values were observed: average daily gain=38.6, 43.1 and 47.4g/d; body weight=2458, 2667 and 2949g; feed intake=115, 121 and 138g/d, respectively. Mortality of growing rabbits was unaffected by genotype. It can be concluded that production traits were mainly affected by the adult weight of the genotypes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-239
Number of pages3
JournalItalian Journal of Animal Science
Volume8
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adult weight
  • CT-based selection
  • Growing rabbit
  • Productive performances

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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