Rabbit Feeding and Nutrition

1st Edition

Series Editors: Tony Cunha
Series Volume Editors: Peter Cheeke
Hardcover ISBN: 9780121706050
eBook ISBN: 9780080570785
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</BR


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 Editors

Tony Cunha Series Editor

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 Editors

Peter Cheeke Series Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

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