Effect of floor type on carcass and meat quality of pen raised growing rabbits

A. Dal Bosco, Z. S. Szendro, Z. S. Matics, C. Castellini, S. Ruggeri, K. Szendro, M. Martino, S. Mattioli, A. Dalle Zotte, Z. S. Gerencsér

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The aim of the experiment was to compare the carcass and meat quality traits of growing rabbits housed on different floor types. At the age of 35 d, rabbits (n=126) were randomly sorted into 3 groups and housed in pens with different floor types: plastic-mesh, deep-litter straw or wire-mesh. Slaughter weight, carcass and its parts' weight, meat (Longissimus thoracis et lumborum [LL] muscle and hind leg) pH and colour, oxidative status and fatty acid profile were measured and correlations calculated. The deep-litter straw rabbits showed the lowest pHu and b values of LL muscle and oxidation of the both muscles. The fatty acid profile of LL muscle of deep-litter straw rabbits showed a higher percentage of monounsaturated fatty acids and long chain n-3 polyunsaturated (PUFA) fatty acids, whereas the content of C18:2n-6 and total PUFA was lower. We concluded that housing the growing rabbits on wire-or plastic-mesh floors showed no substantial differences, while housing rabbits on deep-litter negatively affected certain qualitative traits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Rabbit Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015



  • Carcass traits
  • Floor type
  • Growing rabbit
  • Meat quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Dal Bosco, A., Szendro, Z. S., Matics, Z. S., Castellini, C., Ruggeri, S., Szendro, K., Martino, M., Mattioli, S., Dalle Zotte, A., & Gerencsér, Z. S. (2015). Effect of floor type on carcass and meat quality of pen raised growing rabbits. World Rabbit Science, 23(1), 19-26. https://doi.org/10.4995/wrs.2015.3270