Rabbit Feeding and Nutrition

Rabbit Feeding and Nutrition

1st Edition - September 21, 1987

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  • Editor: Tony Cunha
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080570785

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During the past few years, considerable reseach has been undertaken on rabbit nutrition. Rabbit producers, feed manufacturers, animal nutritionists, and others interested in rabbit production will find this book to be the new authority. Comprehensive and up-to-date, the book evaluates new information on such topics as protein digestion and requirements, nutrition/disease interrelationships, feeding behavior, and nutrional factors involved in enteritis.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword


    1 The Nature of Rabbit Production

    I. Role of Rabbits and Other Livestock in World Agriculture

    II. Attributes of Rabbits for Efficient Food Production

    III. Microlivestock—A New Frontier in Animal Production

    IV. Factors Limiting Rabbit Production


    2 General Principles of Rabbit Nutrition

    I. Proteins

    II. Carbohydrates

    III. Lipids

    IV. Minerals

    V. Vitamins

    VI. Roles of Nutrients

    VII. History of Rabbit Nutrition Research


    3 Digestive Physiology

    I. Classification Based on Feeding Behavior

    II. Classification Based on Digestive Tract Physiology

    III. Comparative Digestive Strategies of Herbivores

    IV. Anatomy and Functions of the Rabbit Digestive Tract

    V. Digesta Flow (Transit) in the Gut

    VI. Microbiology of the Digestive Tract

    VII. Comparative Digestive Efficiency


    4 Protein and Amino Acid Nutrition

    I. Protein Structure and Synthesis

    II. Amino Acids in Rabbit Nutrition

    III. Protein Quality

    IV. Protein Requirements for Growth and Lactation

    V. Digestion of Protein

    VI. Digestibility of Proteins in the Rabbit

    VII. Nonprotein Nitrogen (NPN) Utilization

    VIII. Factors Influencing Protein Requirements


    5 Energy Metabolism and Requirements

    I. Energy Categories and Measurement

    II. Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN)

    III. Basics of Cellular Metabolism

    IV. Cellular Metabolism of Carbohydrates

    V. Factors Influencing Energy Requirements


    6 Carbohydrates and Fiber

    I. Classification of Carbohydrates

    II. Readily Available Carbohydrates in Rabbit Nutrition

    III. Digestion of Carbohydrates

    IV. Fiber in Rabbit Nutrition


    7 Fats

    I. Chemical Characteristics of Fats

    II. Digestion and Absorption of Fats

    III. Use of Fat in Rabbit Diets

    IV. Rancidity of Fats

    V. Essential Fatty Acids


    8 Mineral Nutrition of Rabbits

    I. Calcium

    II. Phosphorus

    III. Magnesium

    IV. Potassium

    V. Sodium and Chlorine

    VI. Manganese

    VII. Zinc

    VIII. Iron

    IX. Copper

    X. Molybdenum

    XI. Selenium

    XII. Iodine

    XIII. Cobalt

    XIV. Chromium

    XV. Some Concluding Comments


    9 Vitamins

    I. Vitamin A

    II. Vitamin D

    III. Vitamin Ε

    IV. Vitamin Κ

    V. Β-Complex Vitamins

    VI. Vitamin C

    VII. Some Concluding Comments


    10 Water: Functions and Requirements

    I. Properties and Functions of Water

    II. Water Compartments of the Body

    III. Water Requirements

    IV. Nutrients and Toxic Elements in Water


    11 Feeding Behavior and Regulation of Feed Intake

    I. Ingestive Behavior of the Rabbit

    II. Factors Affecting Feed Intake

    III. Factors Affecting Feed Conversion Efficiency

    IV. Feed Restriction


    12 Nutrition-Disease Interrelationships

    I. Enteritis

    II. Milk Enterotoxemia

    III. Cecal Impaction (Mucoid Enteritis)

    IV. Tyzzer's Disease

    V. Coccidiosis

    VI. Pregnancy Toxemia

    VII. Other Diseases with a Nutrition Involvement


    13 Feed Analysis

    I. Dry Matter

    II. Crude Protein

    III. Crude Fiber

    IV. Ether Extract

    V. Ash

    VI. Nitrogen-Free Extract (NFE)

    VII. Estimation of Feed Energy

    VIII. Feeding Trials

    IX. Digestibility Trials

    X. Measurement of Transit Time


    14 Feedstuffs for Rabbits

    I. Properties and Classification of Feedstuffs

    II. Roughages

    III. Concentrates

    IV. Protein Sources

    V. Nonnutritive Feed Additives


    15 Toxins in Feeds

    I. Natural Versus Synthetic Toxins

    II. Metabolism of Toxins by Animals

    III. Classes of Natural Toxins


    16 Ration Formulation

    I. Nutrient Requirements of Rabbits

    II. Mathematics of Ration Formulation

    III. Open Versus Closed Diet Formulas

    IV. Quality Control of Diets

    V. Specific Problems in Rabbit Ration Formulation


    17 Feeding Rabbits for Various Productive Functions

    I. Nutrient Requirements and Diets for Growth

    II. Gestation-Lactation Diets

    III. Complementary Diets

    IV. Nonpelleted Diets

    V. Rex Fur Production

    VI. Angora Wool Production

    VII. Feeding Rabbits for Exhibition

    VIII. Feeding Laboratory Rabbits


    18 Nutrition of Wild Rabbits and Hares

    I. Digestive Physiology

    II. Feeding Behavior and Food Selection

    III. Nutrient Requirements

    IV. Nutritional Effects on Reproduction


    19 Nutrition of Guinea Pigs

    I. Nutrient Requirements

    II. Responses to Dietary Toxins

    III. Examples of Adequate Diets


    20 Nutrition of the Capybara

    Appendix 1 Table of Feed Composition

    Appendix 2 Organ Weight in Relation to Body Weight


Product details

  • No. of pages: 376
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: September 21, 1987
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080570785

About the Series Editor

Tony Cunha

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A. and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, U.S.A.

About the Series Volume Editor

Peter Cheeke

Affiliations and Expertise

Oregon State University, Corvallis, U.S.A.

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