Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 52 issue 3 (march 2018) : 416-423

Performance evaluation of Soviet Chinchilla and Californian White rabbit  breeds in tropical climatic conditions of India

Uday Kannegundla, S. Sai Reddy, M. Gnana Prakash, M. Mahender, P. Amareswari
1<p>Rabbit Research Station, Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding,&nbsp;SPVNR Telangana State University for Veterinary Animal &amp; Fishery Sciences, Hyderabad-500 030, Telangana,&nbsp; India.</p>
Cite article:- Kannegundla Uday, Reddy Sai S., Prakash Gnana M., Mahender M., Amareswari P. (2017). Performance evaluation of Soviet Chinchilla and Californian White rabbit breeds in tropical climatic conditions of India . Indian Journal of Animal Research. 52(3): 416-423. doi: 10.18805/ijar.v0iOF.7605.

Study was conducted to evaluate the performance of Soviet Chinchilla and Californian White rabbit breeds maintained in tropical environment at rabbit research station, Hyderabad, Telangana. Data generated on total of 1364 bunnies, 701 belongings to the Soviet Chinchilla born in 122 litters and 663 bunnies of Californian White born in 124 litters during the period from 2012 to 2015 were utilized to examine the various productive performance traits. The overall least-squares mean litter size and litter weight was 5.52 ± 0.16 and 264.75 ± 7.86 at birth and 3.56 ± 0.17 and 1439.67 ± 72.55 g at weaning, respectively. The overall least-squares mean pre weaning body weights were 48.39 ± 0.48, 113.65 ± 1.38, 161.50 ± 2.03, 226.15 ± 3.47, 417.89 ± 7.53g at birth, 1, 2, 3 and 4 weeks of age and the post weaning weights at 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 weeks of age were 628.75 ± 13.02, 844.11 ± 14.81, 1040.79 ± 16.42, 1225.96 ± 17.81, 1437.57 ± 20.54 and 1636.99 ± 28.87 g, respectively. Season of birth and litter size at birth showed significant (£0.01) effect on body weights while genetic group, parity of the doe and sex of the bunny had slight effects only. The low to high heritability estimates, genetic and phenotypic correlations of body weights are the indication for improvement of body weights by appropriate breeding plans.

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