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|dc.description.abstract||Trials were conducted to study the effect of dietary fibre on performance and nutrient digestibility in growing rabbits.;The basal diet was supplemented with 12% cellulose, pectin, lignin, or alfalfa, in four different treatments. Twenty-four 4-week-old Californian male rabbits were randomly allocated into four groups and placed in individual cages. The lignin supplement severely affected both feed intake and performance, pectin second, with dietary cellulose having the least effect. Dietary lignin significantly decreased the digestibility of crude protein, gross energy and dry matter content (P < 0.05). Rabbits on the pectin supplemented diet digested dry matter, crude fibre and neutral detergent fibre (NDF) better (P < 0.05) than other treatment groups. On the other hand, rabbits in the lignin group digested crude fibre, acid detergent fibre (ADF) and NDF significantly less well than rabbits in other groups (P < 0.05). Dietary lignin also significantly decreased the caecal concentration of volatile fatty acids (VFA, P < 0.05) but did not significantly affect: the molar ratios of the VFAs among treatment groups. The turnover rate of the marker, chromic oxide, in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of rabbits was 64.94, 51.81, 44.05 and 29.59 h in the pectin, alfalfa, lignin and cellulose treatment groups, respectively. The rate of turnover in the digestive tract significantly influenced digestibility of fibre components but did not significantly influence caecal fermentation.||en_US|
|dc.relation.ispartofseries||Laboratory Animals, Volume 32, Issue 3, Page(s) 276-283.||en_US|
|dc.title||The effect of different fibre components on growth rate, nutrient digestibility, rate of digesta passage and hindgut fermentation in domesticated rabbits||en_US|
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