Rabbit raising is actually developing in sophisticated production systems which require high performance levels to compensate high production costs.  Besides, traditional production systems, involving moderate production levels, gave a strong proportion of the overall meat and fur rabbit's products.


The wide spectrum of rabbit types in the world suggests a great possibility of creating optima combinations of germ plasm resources to increase production.  Genetic goal, however, must postulate differentiated strategies according to environmental and economic conditions.


In this paper a review will be made of specific reports of growth-related topics on genetic variability between and wtihin breed basis.  The publisehd results are all from Stations and were obtained by intensively-fed rabbits.  Biological and genetic ramificaitons are explored on a somewhat chronological axis, that is growth, input/output relationships and carcass characters.

G. Masoero

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 6. Round tables, , 499–512, 1982
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