The rabbit husbandry, health and production

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F. Lebas
P. Coudert
R. Rouvier
H. de Rochambeau

Rome, 1986

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The rabbit; husbandry, health and production.
(FAO Animal Production and Health Series, no. 21)

1. Rabbits.
2. Animal breeding.
3. Animal diseases.
4. Animal production.

I. Courdet, P.
II. Rouvier, R.
III. de Rochambeau, H.,
IV. Series

FAO code: 20 AGRIS: L01 L10 L73 1986 ISBN 925-101253-9

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FAO 1986




1. World production and trade

Historical background
World production
International trade
Rabbit meat quality

2. Nutrition and feeding

Anatomy and physiology
Feeding behaviour
Nutritional needs
Types of feed

3. Reproduction

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

4. Genetics and selection

Genetics of rabbit breeds and populations
Coat colour and hair structure
Groups of breeds by adult size and origin
Local populations and strains
Breeding characters
Biological characters
Genes and the environment
Genetic improvement: selection and crossing

5. Pathology

Appearance and development of diseases
Diseases and disorders associated with reproduction
Preventive hygiene

6. Housing and equipment

Biological considerations
Rabbitry equipment
Uses for waste

7. Rabbitry management

The production cycle
Organizing a rabbitry

8. Production of rabbit skins and angora wool

Rabbit skins
The Angora

9. Rabbit breeding and rural development

The mexican "family packages" programme
The DGAEM: an action agency
A development programme using rabbits


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