FOMUNYAM, R.T.; NDOPING, B.N.
[EN] A total of 48 four weeks old rabbits were divided in 3
homogenous groups and caged individually. During a 6 weeks trial
they received ad libitum the same diet, but pelleted in long or short
pellets (diameter 1.1 cm and length of 6.5 or 2.1 cm) or presented as
mash. Rabbits fed long and short pellets ate and grew similarly (adg of 29.5 and 27.3 g/d) but significantly grew better than those fed on
all mash diet (21.9 g/day). Form of feed did not affect mortality rates
(O or 1 dead rabbit/group). However, cost of wasted feed for rabbits
fed long pellets and mash was about...
Cazabon, E.P.I.; Rastogi, R.K.; Laukner, F.B.; Ali, B.A.
[EN] Blood samples from a total of 129 rabbits comprising
fatteners (4-24 weeks) and adults (>24 weeks), males and females, and
two breeds (New Zealand White and mixed) were analysed for
haemoglobin concentration (Hb), haematocrit (Ht), mean corpuscular
haemoglobin concentration (MCHC), white blood cell count (WBC),
differential WBC (neutrophils (N), lymphocutes (L), eosinophils (E),
monocytes (M), and Basophils (B)), and plasma protein (PP)
concentration. Mean values for these parameters were given as :
Hb : 123.0 gm/I ; Ht : 38.6% ; WBC : 6.9 x 103/μI ; N : 46.9% ; L : 39.2% ;
E : 0.9% ; M : 4.4% ; B : 2.1 % ;...
FOTSO, J.M.; FOMUNYAM, R.T.; NDOPING, B.N.
[EN] A total of 64 New Zealand and Californian rabbit were
caged individually to study the nutritive value of 4 protein sources for
growing rabbits. Rabbit fed fish meal and chicken offal as principal
protein sources in the diet consumed more and grew significantly
(P<0.01) faster (30.1 and 26.7 d/day) than those fed plan! proteins
of cassava leaf and cotton seed meals (25.0 and 22.3 g/day).
Carcass yields of 54 % for rabbits fed fish meal diets, 52.3 % for those fed diets with cassava leaf meal, were similar but significantly
(P<0.05) higher than 49.92 % for rabbits fed cotton seed based diets.
Calculated meat costs per kilogram...
LUKEFAHR, S.D.; NKWOCHA, H.I.; NJAKOI, H.; TAWAH, E.; AKOB, J.M.; KONGYU, F.A.; NJWE, R.M.; GUDAHL, D.
[EN] In the past five years, Heifer Project lnternational (HPI)
has distributed 2, 119 rabbits to 1,41 O limited-resource families in 66
villages primarily located in !he northwest province of Cameroon.
However, these figures exclude thousands of additional farmers who
received either direct or indirect assistance by HPI since project
inception in 1982. HPl's approach towards poverty alleviation is to
financially support a new rabbit project for farm families in a selected
village for a period of three years. Technical follow-up support is then
extended for an additional two years, after which time the anticipated
self-sufficient project is formally phased-out. In 1999, accompanied by
HPI field staff, the consultant (the...
Hudson, R.; Schaal, B.; Martínez-Gómez, M.; Distel, H.
[EN] In any mammalian species a proper understanding of the natural, coevolved
mother-young system is of major importance if productivity is to
be optimized under conditions compatible with !he animals' welfare. The
European rabbit (Oryctolagus cunicu/us) is particularly interesting in this regard given its unusually limited and stereotyped pattern of
maternal care and the equally stereotyped set of corresponding
specializations in !he young. For each of five key topics - the nest,
parturition, nursing, suckling, and weaning - the behavior of the mother
and then of the kits is described, followed by a consideration of !he
possible application of this information to improving husbandry.
Marykutty, T.; Nandakumar, P.
[EN] High prolificacy and fast growth rate make rabbit an
ideal meat animal for the developing countries. Present investigation
was aimed at analysing the prolificacy and growth rate among
temperate breeds of rabbits namely, New Zealand White, Grey Giant
and Soviet Chinchilla, under humid tropics of Kerala, India. The
effects of breed and sire on litter traits and the effects of breed, sire
and sex on body weight traits were analysed. Data from 172
kindlings showed an average litter size at birth of 4.38 and litter
weight at birth of 228 g. Breed effects were significan! (P<0.05) on
litter size and litter weight at weaning. The highest litter size...
Saikia, G.; Baruah, K.K.
[EN] Thirty six weanling (42 days, average weight 998 g) male
New Zealand White Rabbits were divided into 4 groups of 9 each on the
basis of body weight. Four isonitrogenous (18% CP) and isocaloric (3.0
Kcal DE /g) concentrate mixture (T1. T2. T3 and T4) containing O, 9, 18 and
27% Ajar seed kernel (ASK) replacing a mixture of wheat bran and cereals
were prepared. Rabbits of group 1, 2, 3 and 4 were fed individually on their
respective concentrate mixture (T1. T2. T3 and T4) and green paragrass in
the ratio of 80 : 20, on dry matter basis for 42 days. Daily feed intake...
Pascual Amorós, Juan José; Cervera, C.; Fernández-Carmona, J.
[EN] Seven simplified experimental diets for rabbits with a wide
range of acid detergen! fibre content (87 to 525 g kg-1 dry matter)
were used to compare three different in vitro techniques for
evaluating their dry matter and organic matter digestibilities, based
on the use of multienzyme, caecal or faecal inocula. The
multienzyme method always resulted in higher in vitro dry matter
digestibility values (P<0.001) !han those methods based on the use
of digestive trae! inocula. The prediction equations for dry matter
digestibility obtained with the multienzyme and caecal in vitro
techniques showed higher precision (r2 = 0.95 and 0.88, respectively) and lower variability (se: 4.32 and 6.58, respectively)...