Relationships between body weight at first mating and subsequent body development, feed intake, and reproductive performance of rabbit does.

@article{Rommers2002RelationshipsBB,
  title={Relationships between body weight at first mating and subsequent body development, feed intake, and reproductive performance of rabbit does.},
  author={Jorine M Rommers and R Meijerhoft and J. P. T. M. Noordhuizen and Bas Kemp},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  year={2002},
  volume={80 8},
  pages={2036-42}
}
A retrospective study was performed to evaluate the relationships between BW at first insemination and subsequent body development, feed intake, reproductive performance, and culling rate of rabbit does. Young rabbit does are vulnerable to body energy deficit in first lactation, resulting in decreased reproductive performance and high replacement rate. Heavy does at first insemination might be able to benefit from the extra amount of BW to cope with the energy deficit during first lactation… CONTINUE READING