Med. Weter. 68 (7), 422-425, 2012

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Cygan-Szczegielniak D., Stasiak K., Janicki B., Buczkowska J..
Impact of food type on the content of minerals in rabbit meat and liver
The aim of the study was to determine the influence of various types of diet on the mineral content in the meat and liver of the rabbit. The experiment involved 12 two-month-old crossbreeds of 1.5 kg in body weight. The animals were divided into two groups regarding the type of diet applied. Group I consisted of rabbits fed on bulky and concentrated feeds, whereas group II was fed on bulky and concentrated feeds. After 7 months of the experiment, when the animals reached the age of 9 months, they were slaughtered. After cooling the carcasses, the samples of muscles (saddle and thigh) and liver were collected in order to determine the content of the following elements: Na, K, Mg, Zn, Fe and Cu. The research demonstrates that the content of the minerals varies significantly depending on the part of the carcass. The highest level of the microelements, regardless of the diet involved, was found in the liver. Apart from zinc in the thighs and iron in the liver, no statistically important differences (at p≤0.05) between the groups were noted. .
Key words: rabbit, minerals, diet