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Study findings from J.M. Rosell et al broaden understanding of veterinary medicine
March 2nd, 2009
"In this study, we determined culling and mortality in adult breeding rabbits on 130 commercial farms in Spain during 2000-2005. The median size of the farms was 595 does (minimum to maximum: 131-5500 does)," scientists in Madrid, Spain report.
"The median culling age per doe was 14.9 months old and 6 kindlings. The median monthly removal risk (MMR) in does was 9.3%, with 3.4% dead and 5.7% culled (including euthanized does). The MMR was negatively correlated with the degree of intensification of the reproductive rhythm (r=-0.37), age at first mating (r=-0.31) and kindling interval (r=-0.36). The MMR in males was 5.8% (1.2% dead and 4.2% culled or euthanized). Our...
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Source: VerticalNews Veterinary (2009-03-02)