Pan-American Rabbit Science Newsletter

Tables of Contents, 1996 to 2006

ISSN 1206 - 4122

Volume 1, Number 1 (1996)

These two articles on doe (receptivity) and buck usage are up-to-date and essential for understanding how rabbit breeding works. The article on receptivity is (still) the most complete review ever published. Some of the references have been mis-interpreted over and over by science people. Read the actual facts on lighting programs!

Volume 2, Number 1 (1997)

This issue is essential information for anyone in rabbit production. The article on treating hairballs in rabbits is worth the cost of this issue many times over.

Volume 2, Number 2 (1997)

Notes on this edition of "Pan-American Rabbit Science Newsletter":

The feature article of this issue is the Abstracts from the papers regarding rabbits, from the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ANIMAL, POULTRY, RABBITS AND FISH PRODUCTION AND HEALTH and the FIRST EGYPTIAN-BRITISH-UKRAINIAN CONFERENCE ON ANIMAL PRODUCTION, held 2-4 September 1997 at the International Research Centre for Agriculture, Dokki, CAIRO, Egypt. These abstracts above been reproduced with the permission of Prof. Dr. I. Fayez M. Marai.

The main article of this issue, on "GTE system with Profit Function" is (still) the most comprehensive article on economic analysis of rabbitries ever published, with complete calculations for monthly and annual reporting, presenting all data collection forms and also a working circular rabbit calculator-calendar. The history and benefits of technical- economic management are presented. This article is a proposal for North American rabbit producers, to compile their own production results into a continental synthesis which would be able to show what improvements are being made year by year in economic results, as is done annually in European countries.

This issue is a MUST READ if you want to get your rabbitry expenses under control, and if you want the facts on RHD! This article on economic management is still the most comprehensive article ever published on the topic.

The report on Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease would be of interest to rabbit producers in North America or other countries which are still disease-free. With Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease coming ever closer to the disease-free zone of North America, and considering the out-of-date and mis- information presented on this topic in the AB-WRSA (American Branch) newsletter (Vol.1 No.2), this report on the disease was prepared for the "Pan-American Rabbit Science Newsletter" Vol.2(2). This up-to-date report covers the history of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) previously called "VHD" with its origins in China and its spread around the world, full details of the symptoms, some of the lab tests for confirmation, a report on the pathogenesis of the disease showing its progress through the affected organs, a physical description of the virus, a review of some of the vaccination processes and a discussion of policy issues since this is a notifiable disease, with notes on how control was handled in several countries. Some highlights of the Office International des Épizooties (OIE) regulations are given. A letter from the Minister of Agriculture for Canada outlines the control policy for Canada and the USA. In conclusion, recommendations are provided for rabbit raisers regarding various issues of prevention and control of the disease.

Volume 3, Number 1 (1998)

Some notes on this issue:

The big feature in this issue is the note on particle size of fibre ingredients in rabbit feed. It has been said that the business of science is asking questions and the business of journalism is finding answers. And what you have before you, dear reader, is journalism, and this writer wants answers. For too long rabbit production has been pulled down by feed problems and enteritis problems. For a while now, scientific work has been indicating that there is a problem with particle size in rabbit feed. So can taking this direction, adding a bit of detective work and common sense, actually end up with an answer? In this writer's opinion, Yes!

The second article in this issue is a farm trial of some compressed forage blocks, an interesting way to prepare rabbit feed. A feeder would not be required for this feed.

Volume 3, Number 2 (1998)

This issue contains the abstracts pertaining to rabbit from the International conference in Egypt in September 1998.

The feature article is a review of the role of fibre in rabbit nutrition, expanded to include all feed particle size and caecal function. This article sheds some light on function of particle size and on how the rabbit regulates feed input to energy requirement. This is a major review with over 27,000 words in the text, 196 end notes, 190 references and includes 38 research reviews. Also, photograph and data on rabbit's own processing of fibrous materials. A must-read for anyone desiring to make an improved rabbit feed. The conclusions of this review represent a big step forward in rabbit nutrition, pointing towards a solution to the many manifestations of rabbit digestive problems.

Volume 4, Number 1 (1999)

Were the summers of 1998 & 1999 hot enough for you? These articles from Egypt will help boost your warm weather production by helping you keep your rabbits comfortable!

Volume 4, Number 2 (1999)

Here's a good issue for your reading pleasure! Find out why some does are "impossible" to breed. Learn the basic economic analysis for determining what it costs you to raise your own replacement stock, so that you can compare to the price of purchased stock, and to have the information you need to decide on a sale price for your own rabbits.

Find out what's going on in the world of rabbit research by reading the report on the rabbit Conference in Egypt, September 1999.

Volume 5, Number 1 (2000)

This issue answers just about any question you can think of on rabbit behaviour, is fully indexed, is 40 pages long, and has a combined bibliography of 249 references. This issue is a "must read" for anyone raising rabbit and for anyone concerned with animal care for rabbits and rabbit welfare. This issue is worth the cost many times over, in terms of improving your production by working WITH rabbit behaviour instead of against it.

In my review article, you have the opportunity to learn about:

Volume 5, Number 2 (2000)

Volume 6, Number 1 (2001)

The article on Epizootic Rabbit Enterocolitis, or mucoid enteropathy, reviews some recent findings and offers some practical solutions for the problem, including environmental, managemental and especially feeding.

Volume 6, Number 2 (2001)

Volume 7, Number 1 (2002)

Volume 7, Number 2 (2002)

Volume 8, Number 1 (2003)

Volume 8, Number 2 (2003)

Volume 9, Number 1 (2005)

Presenting the Abstracts from the 4th International Conference on Rabbit Production in Hot Climates, 24-27 February 2005, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

General Articles:

Breeding and Genetics

Physiology and Reproduction

Nutrition and Feeding

Management and Health

Volume 9, Number 2 (2005)

Presented in the current issue (December 2005):

Volume 10, Number 1 (2006)

Abstracts, Egyptian Journal of Rabbit Science, Volume 16, 2006.


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Pan-American Rabbit Science Newsletter

ISSN 1206 - 4122

Published and edited by Robert McCroskey

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