Effect of pre- and post-weaning dietary supplementation with Digestarom® herbal formulation on rabbit carcass traits and meat quality

C. Celia, M. Cullere, Zs Gerencsér, Zs Matics, G. Tasoniero, A. Dal Bosco, V. Giaccone, Z. Szendrő, A. Dalle Zotte

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Abstract

This study evaluated effects of Digestarom® (D) dietary inclusion before weaning (0-5 weeks old; BW) and/or after weaning (5-12 weeks old; AW) on growing rabbit carcass traits and meat quality. During BW, Pannon-Ka rabbits (does, kits) received two diets: a control diet (C) and one supplemented with 300 mg Digestarom®/kg (D). At weaning, each group was divided into 3 dietary sub-groups: CC and DD received C and D diets from 5 to 12 weeks of age, whereas DC was fed D from 5 to 8 weeks and C from 8 to 12 weeks of age (54 rabbits/group; AW). Rabbits were slaughtered at 12 weeks of age. Digestarom® supplementation improved carcass yield and body mid part proportion only when administered BW. Rabbits fed D BW had higher hind leg meat cooking losses. Loin meat spiciness and rancidity increased with D both BW and AW. In conclusion, Digestarom® herbal formulation was ineffective in improving growing rabbit carcass traits or meat quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-95
Number of pages7
JournalMeat Science
Volume118
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Feeding
  • Herbs
  • Meat quality
  • Sensory analysis
  • Spices

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  • Food Science

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Effect of pre- and post-weaning dietary supplementation with Digestarom® herbal formulation on rabbit carcass traits and meat quality. / Celia, C.; Cullere, M.; Gerencsér, Zs; Matics, Zs; Tasoniero, G.; Dal Bosco, A.; Giaccone, V.; Szendrő, Z.; Dalle Zotte, A.

In: Meat Science, Vol. 118, 01.08.2016, p. 89-95.

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Celia, C, Cullere, M, Gerencsér, Z, Matics, Z, Tasoniero, G, Dal Bosco, A, Giaccone, V, Szendrő, Z & Dalle Zotte, A 2016, 'Effect of pre- and post-weaning dietary supplementation with Digestarom® herbal formulation on rabbit carcass traits and meat quality', Meat Science, vol. 118, pp. 89-95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2016.03.022
Celia, C. ; Cullere, M. ; Gerencsér, Zs ; Matics, Zs ; Tasoniero, G. ; Dal Bosco, A. ; Giaccone, V. ; Szendrő, Z. ; Dalle Zotte, A. / Effect of pre- and post-weaning dietary supplementation with Digestarom® herbal formulation on rabbit carcass traits and meat quality. In: Meat Science. 2016 ; Vol. 118. pp. 89-95.
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