Productive Potentials in Pure and Crossbred Rabbits in South Western Nigeria

Authors

  • K. T. Akanni Federal College of Education, Abeokuta
  • A. O. Alabi Federal College of Education, Abeokuta
  • C. C. Ogbonna Federal College of Education, Abeokuta
  • O. Adebambo University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

Keywords:

Rabbit, potential, sire, crossbreeding, strain

Abstract

This study was conducted using five purebred rabbits comprising New Zealand White (NZW), American Standard Chinchilla (CHL), Beveren (BVN), Zealand Red (NZR) and the Local Hare (L-Hare) through diallele crossbreeding experiment that generated 16 genotypes involving four straight breeds and 12 crossbreds respectively. The crossbreeding program of these rabbit genotypes was monitored to evaluate the genetic effect of sire strain on productive potentials in terms of age at sexual maturity (ASM), body weight at sexual Maturity (BSM) and gestation length. Genotypes significantly (p<0.01) affected all productive traits in which better performances were recorded in crosses than the original parents.New Zealand White recorded the longest maturing period with a mean of 196.50±1.24 days, followed by Local Hare (161.54±2.26days) while Beveren × Chinchilla had the shortest mean of 132.00±0.24 days. The higher maturing age of sires observed in New Zealand White was linked to the fact that this is a dual heavy breed which matured at a heavier weight. The longer age at sire’s maturity noticed in Local Hare was due to the fact that the wild type rabbit is still under selection. Beveren × Chinchilla performed better closely followed by New Zealand Red × Chinchilla while Beveren Chinchilla pure lines had the least. BSM also followed the pattern of ASM as observed in gestation length (GLT).The study therefore underscored the importance of crossbreeding effect on the productive potentials of rabbits for sustainable livestock development in Nigeria.

Author Biographies

K. T. Akanni, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta

 

O. Adebambo , University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics 

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Published

2024-07-09

How to Cite

Akanni, K. T. ., Alabi, A. O., Ogbonna, C. C. ., & Adebambo , O. . (2024). Productive Potentials in Pure and Crossbred Rabbits in South Western Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Animal Production, 1071–1074. Retrieved from https://njap.org.ng/index.php/njap/article/view/6203

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