Harmonization of criteria and terminology in rabbit meat research
The harmonization of rabbit carcass criteria is a result of an international work. lts task was to specify the main traits to be considerad from the birth of the animal to carcass analysis, to define these traits with enough accuracy and to propose a common terminology. Work on harmonization has been initialized by the Mediterranean Rabbit Group Conference (BLASCO, OUHAYOUN and MASOERO, 1992), completad by several research teams and, finally, discussed during a round table of the Vth World Rabbit Congress (Corvallis, 1992). The proposal described in this work concerns: 1- growth, consumption and breeding measurments, preslaughter handling and slaughter processing, 2- dressing percentage analysis, 3- measurments or prediction of commercial and reference carcass composition. The work represents an official document of the World Rabbit Science Association. A commission has been created to examine the efficiency of the proposed criteria and to modify them according to what the scientific development and the practica! experience or thei use would recommend.
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