Leucaena foliage (Leucaena esculenta) as a partial replacement for wheat in diets of fattening rabbits: performance and dressing percentage

  • Gilberto Castillo-Luna Ingeniería Agronómica y Zootecnia, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla
  • Laura Ramos Cortez Ingeniería Agronómica y Zootecnia, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
  • Reyna Lucero Camacho Morales Instituto de Ciencias Agrícolas, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6172-2619
  • Ernesto Avelar Lozano Instituto de Ciencias Agrícolas, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7376-4074
  • Edith Sáenz Flores Facultad de Zootecnia y Ecología, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua
  • Lorenzo Buenabad Carrasco Facultad de Zootecnia y Ecología, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0271-4088
Keywords: rabbits, Leucaena, carcass yield, productive behavior

Abstract

Thirty-nine weanling rabbits (New Zealand x English spot;30 days of age) were used in a four-week trial to evaluate the partial replacement of wheat grain for Leucaena leaf meal (Leucaena esculenta; LEU) on performance, carcass dressing percentage, and organ weights in fattening rabbits.  Treatments consisted of partial replacement of wheat for 0%, 7.5%, or 15.0% of LEU in growing-finishing diet for fattening rabbits. Partial replacement of wheat grain with increasing levels of LEU did not influence (P>0.10) performance, carcass dressing percentage, and internal organs weights. It is concluded that this feeding strategy might contribute to reduce the food for feed competition while improving locally available forage resources for rabbit production in warm environments with multidimensional poverty.

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Published
2022-10-13
How to Cite
Castillo-Luna, Gilberto, Laura Ramos Cortez, Reyna Lucero Camacho Morales, Ernesto Avelar Lozano, Edith Sáenz Flores, and Lorenzo Buenabad Carrasco. 2022. “Leucaena Foliage (Leucaena Esculenta) As a Partial Replacement for Wheat in Diets of Fattening Rabbits: Performance and Dressing Percentage”. Latin American Archives of Animal Production 30 (Supl. 1), 143-45. https://doi.org/10.53588/alpa.300517.