The present survey evaluates production, research funds and scientific activity relating to rabbits in Italy, Europe and all over the world during the last 20 years. Official statistics have several weaknesses for a small and diversified production like that of rabbits. Different methods for collecting and providing data in the different countries can be used and data for backyard production can miss. According to FAO, in 2017, China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea contributed 73.3% to the global volume of rabbit meat. The two main EU producing countries, Spain and France, lost 12.2 and 6.4%, respectively, of their former share of world production compared to 1998. Whilst Italy is self-sufficient in rabbit meat production, trade exchanges are low, and meat consumption is decreasing. In regards to research funding, based on collected information which can be not fully comprehensive, China stands in the top position and Italy is placed fourth after France and Germany. Italy, France and Spain are among the top-five publishing countries and ‘World Rabbit Science’ is among the top publishing scientific journal in Agricultural and Biological Sciences (ABS). In the case of Veterinary Sciences,‘Veterinary Record’ is one of the top journals. In Italy, ABS publications mainly focussed on Meat quality, Nutrition and feeding and Ethology and welfare. Pathology and hygiene and Breeding and genetics were the most published topics in Veterinary Science. The Universities of Napoli, Milano, Bari, Padova,Pisa, Perugia and Bologna provide teaching in rabbit science and production within their educational offer.

Rabbit production and science: the Italian scenario from 1998 to 2018

Trocino A.
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Xiccato G.;Zomeño C.;
2019

Abstract

The present survey evaluates production, research funds and scientific activity relating to rabbits in Italy, Europe and all over the world during the last 20 years. Official statistics have several weaknesses for a small and diversified production like that of rabbits. Different methods for collecting and providing data in the different countries can be used and data for backyard production can miss. According to FAO, in 2017, China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea contributed 73.3% to the global volume of rabbit meat. The two main EU producing countries, Spain and France, lost 12.2 and 6.4%, respectively, of their former share of world production compared to 1998. Whilst Italy is self-sufficient in rabbit meat production, trade exchanges are low, and meat consumption is decreasing. In regards to research funding, based on collected information which can be not fully comprehensive, China stands in the top position and Italy is placed fourth after France and Germany. Italy, France and Spain are among the top-five publishing countries and ‘World Rabbit Science’ is among the top publishing scientific journal in Agricultural and Biological Sciences (ABS). In the case of Veterinary Sciences,‘Veterinary Record’ is one of the top journals. In Italy, ABS publications mainly focussed on Meat quality, Nutrition and feeding and Ethology and welfare. Pathology and hygiene and Breeding and genetics were the most published topics in Veterinary Science. The Universities of Napoli, Milano, Bari, Padova,Pisa, Perugia and Bologna provide teaching in rabbit science and production within their educational offer.
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