Effect of genotype, housing system and hay supplementation on performance and ear lesions of growing rabbits

K. Szendro, Z. Szendrő, Zs Matics, A. Dalle Zotte, M. Odermatt, I. Radnai, Zs Gerencsér

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Abstract

There is growing demand by consumers for meat produced in alternative systems. Since its market share is quite small, but is growing, it could be important to deal with this issue. The aim of the experiment was to examine the effects of genotype (terminal line or traditional giant breed), housing system (cage or pen) and feeding method (only pelleted diets or pelleted diets plus hay) on production and ear lesions of growing rabbits. The crossbred rabbits (. n=336) Pannon Large×Pannon Ka (Large) and Hungarian Giant×Pannon Ka (Hung) were weaned at 5. wk of age. Half were randomly housed in cages (3 rabbits/cage) and the other half in pens (14 rabbits/pen). Two other subgroups were formed, rabbits that received only pelleted commercial diets (Pellet) or pelleted commercial diets plus grass hay (P+Hay), ad libitum. Differences were found in body weight at 12. wk of age and in weight gain and pellet intake between 5 and 12. wk in favour of the Large rabbits (3170 vs 2935. g, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-112
Number of pages8
JournalLivestock Science
Volume174
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2015

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hay
Ear
ears
rabbits
Genotype
Rabbits
genotype
Diet
cages
diet
pellets
Feeding Methods
feeding methods
market share
Penicillin G
grass hay
Poaceae
Meat
Weight Gain

Keywords

  • Breed
  • Feeding
  • Housing
  • Production
  • Rabbit
  • Welfare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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Effect of genotype, housing system and hay supplementation on performance and ear lesions of growing rabbits. / Szendro, K.; Szendrő, Z.; Matics, Zs; Dalle Zotte, A.; Odermatt, M.; Radnai, I.; Gerencsér, Zs.

In: Livestock Science, Vol. 174, 01.04.2015, p. 105-112.

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Szendro, K. ; Szendrő, Z. ; Matics, Zs ; Dalle Zotte, A. ; Odermatt, M. ; Radnai, I. ; Gerencsér, Zs. / Effect of genotype, housing system and hay supplementation on performance and ear lesions of growing rabbits. In: Livestock Science. 2015 ; Vol. 174. pp. 105-112.
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