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Table 5 Dressing percentages and carcass cuts of the experimental groups

From: Incorporation field crop residues in rabbit rations

Item BH (R1) MBH (R2) SBVH (R3) PVH (R4) SEM
Slaughter weight (SW), g 2451 2188 2353 2169 91.94
Digestive tract (DT)
Full weight, g 420 331 376 326 18.65
Empty weight, g 166 162 151 181 6.44
Content weight, g 254a 169ab 225ab 145b 18.99
Empty body weight (EBW), g 2197 2019 2128 2024 80.08
Head weight, g 125 120 117 124 3.46
Edible offal’s (giblets) weight, g 141 112 138 116 6.27
Carcass weight (CW1) 1256 1165 1231 1145 54.61
Carcass weight (CW2) 1381 1285 1348 1269 57.80
Carcass weight (CW3) 1522 1397 1486 1385 63.38
Dressing percentages (DP)%
 DP1 51.24 53.24 52.32 52.79 0.65
 DP2 56.34 58.73 57.29 58.51 0.62
 DP3 62.10 63.85 63.15 63.85 0.59
 DP4 57.17 57.70 57.84 56.57 0.59
 DP5 62.86 63.64 63.35 62.70 0.58
 DP6 69.28 69.19 69.83 68.43 0.63
Carcass cuts (g or % of CW1)
 Fore limbs 410 448 392 376 20.99
32.64b 38.45a 31.84b 32.84b 0.99
 Loin 374 303 354 309 19.07
29.78 26.01 28.76 26.99 0.67
 Hind limbs 472 414 485 460 18.01
37.58 35.54 39.40 40.17 0.82
  1. a and b: means in the same row having different superscripts differ significantly (P < 0.05)
  2. SEM standard error of mean, BH Berseem hay, MBH Mung bean husks, SBVH soybean vein hay, PVH peanut vein hay
  3. EBW: Empty body weight = Slaughter weight – digestive tract content
  4. CW1: Carcass weight
  5. CW2: Carcass weight + head
  6. CW3: Carcass weight + head + edible offals included (liver, heart, kidneys, lungs, testes, and spleen)
  7. DP1: Dressing percentages calculated as (CW1 / SW × 100)
  8. DP2: Dressing percentages calculated as (CW2 / SW × 100)
  9. DP3: Dressing percentages calculated as (CW3 + SW × 100)
  10. DP4: Dressing percentages calculated as (CW1 / EBW × 100)
  11. DP5: Dressing percentages calculated as (CW2 / EBW × 100)
  12. DP6: Dressing percentages calculated as (CW3 + EBW × 100)