Effect of Breeds on Hormonal Profile and Body Morphometric Traits of Male Rabbits

Authors

  • E. C. Isidahomen Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria.
  • I. B. Amaza Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria.

Keywords:

New Zealand White, New Zealand Red, Chinchilla, rabbit, genotype

Abstract

Description of the physical characteristics of livestock breeds is very important for developing a breeding strategy in a particular production system. Rabbits are among the potential breeds of livestock reared in Nigerian. The study was aimed at predicting live body weights of rabbits using some morphometric traits to asses’ growth performance and hormone quality. Hormones and growth traits were measured on 54 matured rabbits aged 12 - 16 months and weighed between 2.20 – 2.26 kg and the data were used to determine the influence of genotypes on hormones and physiological growth performance. The breeds used are Chinchilla (CHIN), New Zealand White (NZW) and New Zealand Red (NZR). The experiment was randomized complete design with genotype as the factor of interest. Traits measured were, Luteinizing, Testosterone hormones, Body weight (BW) and Morphometric traits: Body length (BL), Breast girth (BG), Height at withers (HW),Head to shoulder (HS), Ear length (EL) and Tail length (TL).There were significant differences (p<0.05) among the genotypes for hormonal and growth performance evaluation studied. This result showed that breeds can influence on body weight, morphometry and hormone quality of male rabbits.

Author Biographies

E. C. Isidahomen, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria.

Department of Animal Science

I. B. Amaza, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria.

Department of Animal Science

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Published

2024-07-09

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Isidahomen, E. C. ., & Amaza, I. B. (2024). Effect of Breeds on Hormonal Profile and Body Morphometric Traits of Male Rabbits. Nigerian Journal of Animal Production, 81–83. Retrieved from https://njap.org.ng/index.php/njap/article/view/4244

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