A STUDY ON REPRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE OF BROILER RABBITS UNDER SEMI-ARID CONDITIONS OF TELANGANA, INDIA
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Rabbit has been encouraged by the FAOÂ (1987) for meat production in the developing countriesÂ due to its high prolificacy, outstanding growth rate,Â shorter generation interval and utilization of low grainÂ and fibre rich feed stuffs. The broiler rabbits are anÂ important source of meat in developed countriesÂ where rabbit rearing has been taken upon commercial proportions. It can also serve as alternative sourceÂ of cheap animal proteins to mitigate the negativeÂ impacts of malnutrition in infants and adults whichÂ are prevalent in the developing countries. RabbitÂ production is very essential in improving animal proteinÂ intake in developing countries. This is because rabbitÂ is very prolific animal as determined by the numberÂ of kits born alive at kindling and birth to weaningÂ viability (Orunmuyi et al., 2006).