Dorota Kołodziejczyk, Dorota Elżbieta Weremczuk, Aleksandra Paskudska, Magda Socik, Stanisław Socha
Department of Breeding Methods and Poultry Breeding, University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, B. Prusa 12/14, 08-110 Siedlce, Poland
Abstract. The aim of the study was to analyze the breeding value of selected conformation traits of rabbits of two breeds (Blanc de Termonde and Popielno White), rared on a reproductive farm located in south-eastern Poland. A total of 981 animals were subjected to the study over three consecutive years. The traits that were analyzed included: body weight, body structure (the size of the body expressed in points), type, coat quality, color, specific traits of the breed. Performed ANOVA involved the effects of the breed, calendar year and sex, and showed statistically significant (P ≤ 0.01) effect of the breed on body structure, body weight expressed in points, type and the total score attained by rabbits. The year of license (P ≤ 0.01) statistically significantly affected the body weight expressed in points, the quality of the coat and the type. Correlations were considerably varied. Those between the total score and other analyzed traits were positive, in the range 0.077–0.444, while negative correlations, –0.076 to –0.052, were found between body weight in grams and the quality of the coat as well as between the body weight at points, type and quality of the coat. It should be emphasized that the rabbits subjected to observation and analysis were characterized by good breeding value.
Keywords: rabbits, conformation traits, reproduction farm, breed, breeding value
Kołodziejczyk, D., Weremczuk, D.E., Paskudska, A., Socik, M., Socha, S. (2018). Analysis of conformation breeding value of Blanc de Termonde and Popielno White rabbits on a reproductive farm. Acta Sci. Pol. Zootechnica, 17(4), 13–20. DOI:10.21005/asp.2018.17.4.02.