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Rabbit Feeding and Nutrition - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123959478, 9780080570785

Rabbit Feeding and Nutrition

1st Edition

Series Editor: Tony Cunha
Series Volume Editor: Peter Cheeke
eBook ISBN: 9780080570785
Hardcover ISBN: 9780121706050
Paperback ISBN: 9780123959478
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 21st September 1987
Page Count: 376
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Table of Contents



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



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.


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About the Series Editor

Tony Cunha

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

Peter Cheeke

Affiliations and Expertise

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