Table of Contents
FAO Animal Production and Health Series No. 21
(new revised version)
H. de Rochambeau
FAO - FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
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
The rabbit: husbandry, health and production
(new revised version)
(FAO Animal Production and Health Series, no. 21)
2. Animal husbandry
III. FAO, Rome (Italy)
IV. Coudert, P.
V. de Rochambeau, H.
VI. Thébault, R.G.
FAO code: 21
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Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
World production and trade
Rabbit meat quality
Chapter 2 NUTRITION AND FEEDING
Anatomy and physiology
Chapter 3 REPRODUCTION
Anatomy of the genitals
Reproduction and environment
Rates of reproduction
Chapter 4 GENETICS AND SELECTION
Genetics of rabbit breeds and populations
Genetics of breeding characters
Genetic improvement: Selection and crossing
Chapter 5 PATHOLOGY
Appearance and development of diseases
Other disorders of the rabbit
Reproductive diseases and disorders
Chapter 6 HOUSING AND EQUIPMENT
Uses for waste
Chapter 7 RABBITRY MANAGEMENT
The production cycle
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
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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