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The effect of selection for growth rate on carcass composition and meat quality was assessed by comparing two groups of rabbits belonging to different generations of a selection experiment. A Bayesian approach was used. Embryos belonging to generations 3 and 4 of selection were frozen and thawed to be contemporary of animals from generation 10. A control(More)
Thirty-six 18-week-old nulliparous does were stimulated with a single dose of 25 IU pregnant mare serum gonadotrophin (PMSG). Ovulation was induced 48 h later with 50 IU luteinizing hormone (LH) (18 does) or 50 IU human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) (18 does) in order to determine the effects of pure urinary LH and HCG on the quality of oocytes and embryos.(More)
Biochemical characteristics, including myosin heavy chain I (MHC-I) percentage, isocitrate dehydrogenase and aldolase activities, meat quality traits and instrumental texture properties of rabbits selected for different growth rates were studied. The animals of the control (C) group (7th generation; n=60) were raised in parallel with those of selection (S)(More)
Sixty rabbits from the 23rd generation (group S) of a line selected for growth rate were compared to sixty rabbits from the 7th generation of the same line (group C) to study possible relevant changes in carcass composition and meat quality due to the selection and the consequent decrease in degree of maturity at slaughter weight (2000g). The only relevant(More)
Two hundred and eighty four medium sized young rabbits were fed ad libitum with two fat-enriched experimental diets (V: vegetable fat, A: animal fat) and a control diet (C). Diet had a significant effect on the ultimate pH (pHu) of the Longissimus dorsi muscle and on the colour, weight and fatty acid composition of the perirenal fat. The carcasses from diet(More)
The effect of selection for growth rate on carcass and meat quality was assessed by comparing selected and control populations of rabbits measured at the same stage of maturity and slaughtered at 9 and 13 wk of age. Embryos belonging to Generation 7 were frozen, thawed, and implanted in does to produce the control group. The control group was formed from(More)
A total of 40 New Zealand female rabbits which had been given follicular stimulation and artificial insemination received 50 IU of either recombinant human luteinizing hormone (rhLH; n = 20) or human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG; n = 20) to induce ovulation. In each hormone group, 10 animals were killed 72 h later to study the ovulatory process and the(More)
We measured meat characteristics of 46 commercial rabbit carcasses from two synthetic breeds selected for litter size or growth rate. Color measurements (CIELAB) were made on several muscle surfaces. Color measured on the muscular aponeurosis indicated a pale carcass at most of the points; Chroma (C*) and hue (H*) varied from 3.71 and 31.1, respectively,(More)
To study the effects of r-hLH as ovulatory stimulus in does. New Zealand does, 18 kw old, in estrus, received 25 IU of pregnant mare serum gonadotropin (PMSG) followed at 48 h either by 50 IU of r-hLH (n=20) or hCG (n=20) to induce follicular growth and ovulation. All does were previously artificially inseminated to avoid endogenous LH surge. Half of the(More)
In 18-week-old nulliparous rabbit does, ovulation was induced with 50 IU of pure urinary luteinizing hormone (LH; LH group), or 50 IU of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG; HCG group), in order to determine the effect of these treatments on 17 beta-oestradiol and progesterone concentrations, and on oocyte and embryo quality. Luteinizing follicles, recovered(More)