Inclusion of steamed potatoes in complete pelleted feeds for fattening rabbits and their effect on carcass quality

Wojsyk Kuzniewicz, A.

Zeszyty Naukowe Akademii Rolniczej we Wroclawiu 135: 255-269


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New Zealand White and Polish Popielno White rabbits in 3 groups of 36 were fed from birth for 10 weeks; for the first 6 weeks they all stayed with their dams and were given complete feed of maize 20, wheat 10, wheat bran 30 and lucerne meal 30%. For one group maize and wheat 7.5% each, for another 10% each and wheat bran 11%, were replaced by equivalent (with regard to DM) amounts of steamed potatoes. Liveweight at 10 weeks old was with no potatoes 1860 and with increasing amount of potatoes 2027 and 2257 g. Intakes/kg gain were of oat feed units 3.6, 3.1 and 2.7, and of digestible crude protein 611, 556 and 472 g. Dressing percentage was similar. Weight of edible parts in the carcass was 581, 639 and 711 g. Proportion of lean in the carcass was 76.9, 75.9 and 78.3%.