PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY OF LOCAL MALE RABBITS FATTENING ON DIFFERENT
Mesopotamia Journal of Agriculture,
2012, Volume 40, Issue 1, Pages 142-148
AbstractTwenty-four weaner male rabbits of 6-8 weeks aged and average 530±50 g in weight were divided into four groups of six (6) rabbits per group and used in a 8 weeks feeding trial for production efficiency. The rabbits were fed four rations contain same crude protein and metabolizable energy ,but different in sources of meals (control(no meal),sun flower meal,seasame meal and soybean meal ).Feed consumption & body weight were recorded weekely.At the end of feeding ,all rabbits were slaughtered and carcass traits were studied. The results indicated that a significant effect (p≤o.o5) of sources of meal on most studied traits. Total gain, final weight, feed conversion rate, hot and cold weight carcass and dressing percentage were increased significantly (p≤o.o5), while feed consumption was decreased (p≤o.o5) significantly for rabbits consumed rations containing different sources of mea l. No significant effect was found on percentages of internal and
external offal's and different cuts of carcass.
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