Effect of age and weight of rabbits at slaughter on carcass value

Katalin Szendro, Szilvia Metzger, Meinrad Odermatt, István Radnai, Éva Garai, Péter Horn, Zsolt Szendro

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Abstract

The study is an economic evaluation of the effect of age and weight at slaughter on the value of loin fillet, thigh meat and whole carcass of rabbit. Rabbits were 74, 84 and 94 days of age at slaughter, with the average body weight of 2.53, 2.84 and 3.15 kg, respectively, and with five weight categories in each age group. Revenue from the whole carcass and different carcass parts were in €/kg: whole carcass (4.3), loin fillet (12.0), thigh meat (11.0), liver (2.8), kidney (2.5), fore part (2.6), head, bone, heart, and lung (0.45). Beside the real values, relative value (%) of whole carcass and its main parts (loin fillet and thigh meat) compared to values of the largest body weight category within each age group (100%) were determined. Within the same age categories, the effect of body weight on the value of whole carcass, loin fillet and thigh meat was significant in each case (P < 0.001). Concerning the effect of age, similar tendency can be seen in whole carcass, loin fillet and thigh meat, but significant differences were observed only between the 74 d rabbits and the two older age groups. The conclusion is that when the values were evaluated, 74 d rabbits are not mature enough, while 84 d rabbits are considered favorable for slaughter. This slaughter age is regarded as a reasonable compromise from either the slaughterhouse or the breeder point of view.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-337
Number of pages5
JournalActa Agriculturae Slovenica
Volume100
Issue numberSUPPL.3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2012

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Keywords

  • Age
  • Body weight
  • Carcass traits
  • Rabbits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Szendro, K., Metzger, S., Odermatt, M., Radnai, I., Garai, É., Horn, P., & Szendro, Z. (2012). Effect of age and weight of rabbits at slaughter on carcass value. Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, 100(SUPPL.3), 333-337.