Nguyen Van Thu , Nguyen Thi Kim Dong and Truong Thanh Trung *

* Correspondence: Truong Thanh Trung (email:

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A study was carried out at the experimental farm in Long Hoa commune, Binh Thuy district, Can Tho city. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of different dietary metabolizable energy (ME) levels of growing Californian rabbits on growth performance and nutrient digestibility.  Sixty Californian rabbits at 45 days of age (500±12.9g) were arranged in a completely randomized design with 5 treatments and 3 replications. Four rabbits including 2 males and 2 females were in one experimental unit. Five treatments were ME levels of 10.0; 10.5; 11.0; 11.5 va 12.0 MJ/kgDM, respectively. The apparent nutrient digestibility and nitrogen retention were done on the rabbits at 12 weeks of age in 7 days. The results of study showed that DM intakes were not significantly different (P
Keywords: Californian rabbit, metabolizable energy, growth rate, digestible nutrient

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