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Mating Technique and Its Effect on Productive and Reproductive Traits in Rabbits

A. M. Heba-T-Allah 1,2, M. M. Osman 1, A. I. Elsheikh 3, and G. H. Chen 2
1. Animal Wealth Department, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt
2. Animal Science and Technology College, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, China
3. Alexandria University Faculty of Vetrinary Medecine, Alexandria, Egypt
Abstract—This study was conducted on two rabbit breeds new Zealand white (twenty does and four bucks) and hyplus (twenty does and four bucks). The aim was to study the effect of mating technique (natural mating and artificial insemination) on the Productive and reproductive traits of these two breeds. Parameters to be measured were Number of Service / Conception (NSC), Gestation Period (GT), Litter Size at Birth (LSB), 21 days (LS21days), weaning (LSW) and at marketing (LSM), Pre-Weaning Mortalities (PWM), litter weight at 21days (LW21days), weaning (LWW) and at the marketing age (LWM), Average Daily Weight gain (ADW) in both from 21 days old until weaning and from weaning until marketing age. Some parameters recorded a high significant difference between the two breeding method as NSC, LSB, S21days and LWM. While a non-significant difference was recorded within other parameters as GT, LWB, PWM. 
Index Terms—artificial insemination, rabbit, productive traits, reproductive traits, New Zealand white

Cite: A. M. Heba-T-Allah, M. M. Osman, A. I. Elsheikh, and G. H. Chen, "Mating Technique and Its Effect on Productive and Reproductive Traits in Rabbits," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 128-131, June 2016. Doi: 10.18178/joaat.3.2.128-131
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