Journal cover Journal topic
Archives Animal Breeding Archiv Tierzucht
Journal topic

Journal metrics

IF value: 0.991
IF0.991
IF 5-year value: 1.217
IF 5-year
1.217
CiteScore value: 2.0
CiteScore
2.0
SNIP value: 1.055
SNIP1.055
IPP value: 1.27
IPP1.27
SJR value: 0.425
SJR0.425
Scimago H <br class='widget-line-break'>index value: 28
Scimago H
index
28
h5-index value: 13
h5-index13
Supported by
Logo Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology Logo Leibniz Association
Volume 54, issue 4
Arch. Anim. Breed., 54, 406–418, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-54-406-2011
© Author(s) 2011. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Arch. Anim. Breed., 54, 406–418, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-54-406-2011
© Author(s) 2011. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  10 Oct 2011

10 Oct 2011

Effect of age and body weight on carcass traits and meat composition of rabbits

S. Metzger1, M. Odermatt2, A. Szabó1, I. Radnai1, E. Biró-Németh1, I. Nagy1, and Z. Szendrö1 S. Metzger et al.
  • 1Faculty of Animal Science, University of Kaposvár, Kaposvár, Hungary
  • 2Olivia Ltd., Lajosmizse, Hungary

Abstract. A total of 238 Pannon White growing rabbits were slaughtered at 74, 84 and 94 days of age, at an average body weight of 2.53, 2.84 and 3.15 kg, respectively. Within each age group five body weight categories were formed in such a way that the weight difference between two neighbouring groups was equally 0.3 kg. The design of the experiment permitted the separate examination of the effects exerted by age and body weight on carcass traits and on meat chemical composition of the left hind leg (HL) and that of m. Longissimus dorsi (MLD). Dressing out percentage significantly increased with the increase of age in all body weight categories, as well as with the increase of body weight. The effect of age on the ratio of the fore part of the carcass depended on the body weight: significant difference was found in lower body weight categories. The ratio of the intermediate part of the carcass was not affected by age but it increased in rabbits of higher body weight. The ratio of the hind part of the carcass increased in older animals, while it decreased in rabbits of higher body weight, and this decrease was higher in older rabbits. The ratio of the perirenal fat to reference carcass significantly decreased with age in all body weight categories, but it significantly increased in rabbits of higher body weight. With the advancement of age the moisture content of the HL increased, while that of the MLD did not change. With the increase of body weight, moisture content decreased in both the HL and in the MLD. The fat content of both HL and MLD decreased in older animals, while it increased in rabbits of higher body weight.

Download
Citation