The Rabbit - Husbandry, Health and Production













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FAO Animal Production and Health Series No. 21

(new revised version)

by

F. Lebas
Agricultural Engineer

P. Coudert
Veterinary Surgeon

H. de Rochambeau
Agricultural Engineer

R.G. Thébault
Engineer (INRA)

ISSN 1010-9021

FAO - FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Rome, 1997

Rabbits reared with techniques adapted to specific environments can do much to improve the family diet of many of the neediest rural families, at the same time supplying a regular source of income.

The purpose of this work is to bring together as fully and objectively as possible all the available data on rabbit husbandry, health and production. It is also intended as a contribution to the preparation and execution of rabbit development programmes, particularly in developing countries.

A team of scientists from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), a world-renowned rabbit authority, was marshalled to cover the many and varied aspects of rabbit production.

The designations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

David Lubin Memorial Library Cataloguing in Publication Data

Lebas, F.

The rabbit: husbandry, health and production
(new revised version)
ISBN 92-5-103441-9

(FAO Animal Production and Health Series, no. 21)
ISSN 1010-9021

1. Rabbits
2. Animal husbandry
3. Pathology

I. Title
II. Series
III. FAO, Rome (Italy)
IV. Coudert, P.
V. de Rochambeau, H.
VI. Thébault, R.G.

FAO code: 21
AGRIS: L01

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Table of Contents


Foreword

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

World production and trade
Historical background
World production
International trade
Rabbit meat quality

Chapter 2 NUTRITION AND FEEDING

Anatomy and physiology
Feeding behaviour
Nutritional needs
Feeding systems

Chapter 3 REPRODUCTION

Anatomy of the genitals
Reproduction physiology
Reproduction and environment
Rates of reproduction

Chapter 4 GENETICS AND SELECTION

Introduction
Genetics of rabbit breeds and populations
Genetics of breeding characters
Genetic improvement: Selection and crossing
Conclusions

Chapter 5 PATHOLOGY

Introduction
Appearance and development of diseases
Intestinal diseases
Respiratory diseases
Other disorders of the rabbit
Zoonoses
Trypanosomiasis
Reproductive diseases and disorders
Preventive hygiene

Chapter 6 HOUSING AND EQUIPMENT

Biological considerations
Rabbitry equipment
Buildings
Unconventional housing
Uses for waste

Chapter 7 RABBITRY MANAGEMENT

The production cycle
Handling rabbits
Organizing and managing a rabbitry
Some production targets

Chapter 8 PRODUCTION OF RABBIT SKINS AND HAIR FOR TEXTILES

Rabbit skins: A by-product of meat
Production of quality furs
Collection, preservation and storage of pelts
Curing and glossing
Conclusions on fur production
Angora
Angora: Characteristics
Raising Angora rabbits
Sources of variation in angora hair production
Prospects for angora wool production

Chapter 9 RABBIT BREEDING AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

The mexican "family packages" programme
The situation in 1993
A development programme using rabbits

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