Use of Molasses-Based Rations for Fattening Rabbitlets

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Babiker Mohamed Babiker, Eisa
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This study was conducted to investigate the effect of molasses-based diets on fattening rabbitlets. Twenty one male local Baladi type rabbits 30-45 days old were randomly allotted to three treatment groups A, B and C. They were assigned to a control A and two test diets B and C Diet A was Dura (Sorghum grains) based (70%) and diets B and C contained molasses in replacement of Dura at 30%, and 50%, respectively. All diets were iso-nitrogenous (13% CP), semi-iso-caloric (2.5 Mcal/kg). Feeding was continued for 70 days during which parameters for feed intake and weight gain were recorded before rabbits were slaughtered terminally for carcass analysis Treatment effect on final weights, body components, hot and cold dressing-out percentages, average weights of the left side cuts and their percentages and average weight of the leg cut tissues and their percentages showed no significant (P>0.05) treatment effect. The effect of treatment on total gain was significant (P<0.05). Group B scored the highest total gain (788.00±4.58) followed by group C (711.00±2.08) and group A(674.30±8.14). Group B was also the best feed converter (3.69), followed by group C (3.92), and group A(4.19). Group B recorded the highest slaughter weight (1252.67±41.00) but the hot carcass percent (dressing-out) was highest for group C (56.84±0.95) which was also higher in shrinkage value (7.72). The Baladi type rabbit can be successfully fattened on molasses at 30% of the ration with good performance and carcass yield.
Molasses,Based Rations,Fattening Rabbitlets