– pure crude fibre from nature
JELUVET® lignocellulose for effective rabbit production
- minimises constipation issues
- prevents diarrhoea
- lowers the mortality rate
- improves health in the weaning phase
Depending on the analytical method, lignocellulose has the following constituents:
Weende feed analysis:
Min. 65% / DM crude fibre
Van Soest detergent analysis:
85% / DM NDF (hemicellulose, cellulose and lignin)
65% /DM ADF (cellulose and lignin)
20% /DM ADL (lignin)
DM = on dry matter base
Lignocellulose: recommended by scientists
Scientific studies demonstrate that the maintenance of a healthy digestive system in rabbits depends on the content of lignocellulose (ADF) in the feed, particularly during the weaning phase. The digestive system of rabbits shows several peculiarities with regard to anatomy and physiology. This special feature is to be interpreted as the result of the animal’s adaptation to the purely vegetal, high-dietary fibre food found in the wild that, in most cases, is low in protein and water. In complete feed, the feeding recommendations for crude fibre amount to more than 16%. Lower crude fibre contents are only recommended during growth and lactation phases.
Lignin for effective rabbit breeding
The crude fibre (especially ADF) contained in the fattening feed for rabbits ensures faster intestinal passage and slows down the proliferation time of harmful micro-organisms within the digestive system. This leads to fewer losses in rabbit breeding caused by diarrhoea and ameliorates livestock health. Fibre fractions, such as lignin in particular, play an important role here. The higher the lignin content in the feed, the less time is needed for passage. Thus, nutritional diseases are prevented and immune defence is supported.
Crude fibre as an energy source
Thanks to their peculiar digestive system, rabbits are able to utilise high amounts of vegetable feeds that are actually barely digestible. Fermentation within the blind intestine allows feed with a low concentration of nutrients and high crude fibre content to be used as a source of energy. Therefore, if provided with sufficient lignocellulose, rabbits are able to utilise the digestible fibres in the feed very efficiently as energy for growth.
Moreover, our JELUVET® lignocellulose does not contain any calcium (Ca). Many other crude fibre sources contain additional nutrients, one of them being Ca. An excessive supply of calcium can increase the risk of urolithiasis in rabbits. This risk is also amplified if the animals do not drink enough water. In contrast to other crude fibre sources containing Ca, JELUVET® does not lead to an increased risk because it does not add any Ca to the ration.
Lignocellulose improves animal health and fattening results
The distribution of fibre fractions in natural feed such as hay varies depending on harvest time and type of cultivation. JELUVET® lignocellulose can be added to rabbit fattening feed without any effect on the nutrient content. The consistently high lignin content thus leads to stable fattening results and livestock numbers.
JELUVET® is added to the feed. We recommend adding 2% of JELUVET® to rabbit feed for fattening purposes.
JELUVET® is manufactured from controlled pure raw materials using a HACCP-certified process and can be delivered in bags or as loose product. Own brands are possible.