Effect of age and body weight on carcass traits and meat composition of rabbits

Szilvia Metzger, Meinrad Odermatt, András Szabó, István Radnai, Edit Biró-Németh, István Nagy, Zsolt Szendrö

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A total of 238 Pannon White growing rabbits were slaughtered at 74, 84 and 94 days of age,at an average body weight of 2.53, 2.84 and 3.15 kg, respectively. Within each age groupfive body weight categories were formed in such a way that the weight difference betweentwo neighbouring groups was equally 0.3 kg. The design of the experiment permitted theseparate examination of the effects exerted by age and body weight on carcass traits and onmeat chemical composition of the left hind leg (HL) and that of m. Longissimus dorsi (MLD).Dressing out percentage significantly increased with the increase of age in all body weightcategories, as well as with the increase of body weight. The effect of age on the ratio ofthe fore part of the carcass depended on the body weight: significant difference was foundin lower body weight categories. The ratio of the intermediate part of the carcass was notaffected by age but it increased in rabbits of higher body weight. The ratio of the hind partof the carcass increased in older animals, while it decreased in rabbits of higher body weight,and this decrease was higher in older rabbits. The ratio of the perirenal fat to reference carcasssignificantly decreased with age in all body weight categories, but it significantly increasedin rabbits of higher body weight. With the advancement of age the moisture content ofthe HL increased, while that of the MLD did not change. With the increase of body weight,moisture content decreased in both the HL and in the MLD. The fat content of both HL andMLD decreased in older animals, while it increased in rabbits of higher body weight.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-418
Number of pages13
JournalArchiv fur Tierzucht
Volume54
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Age
  • Body weight
  • Carcass traits
  • Meat composition
  • Pannon white
  • Rabbits

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  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Food Animals

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Metzger, S., Odermatt, M., Szabó, A., Radnai, I., Biró-Németh, E., Nagy, I., & Szendrö, Z. (2011). Effect of age and body weight on carcass traits and meat composition of rabbits. Archiv fur Tierzucht, 54(4), 406-418.

Effect of age and body weight on carcass traits and meat composition of rabbits. / Metzger, Szilvia; Odermatt, Meinrad; Szabó, András; Radnai, István; Biró-Németh, Edit; Nagy, István; Szendrö, Zsolt.

In: Archiv fur Tierzucht, Vol. 54, No. 4, 2011, p. 406-418.

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Metzger, S, Odermatt, M, Szabó, A, Radnai, I, Biró-Németh, E, Nagy, I & Szendrö, Z 2011, 'Effect of age and body weight on carcass traits and meat composition of rabbits', Archiv fur Tierzucht, vol. 54, no. 4, pp. 406-418.
Metzger S, Odermatt M, Szabó A, Radnai I, Biró-Németh E, Nagy I et al. Effect of age and body weight on carcass traits and meat composition of rabbits. Archiv fur Tierzucht. 2011;54(4):406-418.
Metzger, Szilvia ; Odermatt, Meinrad ; Szabó, András ; Radnai, István ; Biró-Németh, Edit ; Nagy, István ; Szendrö, Zsolt. / Effect of age and body weight on carcass traits and meat composition of rabbits. In: Archiv fur Tierzucht. 2011 ; Vol. 54, No. 4. pp. 406-418.
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