Effects of feed particle size on caecal activity and growth performances in fattening rabbits

Lamberto Lambertini, G. Vignola, E. Dainese, I. Cipollini

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Abstract

Aim of this work was to investigate the effects of particle size of feeds for fattening rabbits on growth performances, slaughtering data and, particularly, on their caecal fibrolytic activity and caecal content characteristics. 72 hybrid commercial rabbits 40 days old, divided in two experimental groups, were fed to slaughter (88 days) two pelletted diets (F - fine; C - coarse) of similar composition differing only in the grinding level of dehydrated lucerne meal and wheat bran. 42.3% of diet F was composed by particles with Ø

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-197
Number of pages9
JournalProgress in Nutrition
Volume9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Caecal content
  • Feed particle size
  • Growth performances
  • Rabbit
  • Volatile fatty acids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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