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Carcass Characteristics of New Zealand White Rabbits Fed with Graded Levels of Azolla (Azolla pinnata) in the Basal Diet

K. Sireesha M. Kalyana Chakravarthi Z. Naveen B. R. Naik E. Tirupathi Reddy P. Ramesh Babu
Vol 7(9), 167-171

The present study was undertaken to evaluate the carcass traits of New Zealand white rabbits fed on azolla based diet. Azolla pinnata was included in the rabbit rations as a replacement to conventional protein at 0, 10 and 20 per cent levels in T1, T2 and T3 rations, respectively. The study was conducted on 24 New Zealand white rabbits of 30 days old having similar body weights, divided into 3 groups with 8 rabbits in each group for a period of 90 days. After the completion of 90 days two rabbits from each group were slaughtered randomly. Carcass characteristics such as hot carcass weight, dressed carcass weight, fore cut, mid cut, hind cut weights, pelt weight and head weight were found to be significantly (P<0.01) higher in rabbits fed with T2 ration. The dressing percentage was found to be more or less similar in rabbits fed T1 (59.04 ± 0.01) and T2 (58.76 ± 0.06) rations but significantly lower in rabbits fed with T3 (54.96 ± 0.18) ration.

Keywords : Azolla Carcass Traits Dressing Percentage New Zealand White

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