EFFECT OF DIETARY FISH OIL SUPPLEMENT ON REARING PERFORMANCE OF YOUNG RABBITS AND QUALITY OF THEIR MEAT
 
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Pol. J. Food Nutr. Sci. 2007;57(Special issue 3A):63–65
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The aim of the study was to determine the effect of essential unsaturated fatty acids (EUFA) in fish oil supplemented to doe diets on rearing performance of young rabbits and quality of their meat obtained at the end of growth at 90 days of age. Feeding a pelleted mixture containing 4% fish oil had a varying effect on rearing performance of young rabbits. It enabled better weight gains to be obtained at 21 and 35 days of age while having no effect on higher final weight on the day of slaughter. The fish oil supplement changed the fatty acid profile of intramuscular fat, increasing the level of n-3 PUFA, especially EPA and DHA acids, but this was paralleled by poorer sensory quality of meat.
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