International Journal of Life Science and Medical Research
International Journal of Life Science and Medical Research(LSMR)
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Feedlot Assessment of Four Indigenous Breeds of Cattle in Nigeria
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An experiment was carried out to compare the feedlot assessment of four indigenous breeds of cattle in Nigeria. Ten bulls each of Bunaji, Rahaji, Sokoto Gudali and Azawak weighing between 200-235 kg, with each breed constituting a treatment in a completely randomized design were used for the study. The bulls were fed with sun dried layer litter in a concentrate mixture for 3 months. Significant (P>0.05) differences were observed in total and average daily weight gain and feed: gain ratio between breeds. Water intake was significantly (P>0.05) different across the breeds. Significant (P<0.05) difference was also observed in body condition score of the breeds. Bunaji recorded the highest value while Azawak had the least for body condition score. Rahaji, Sokoto Gudali and Azawak had significantly (P>0.05) better values of feed consumed than Bunaji. Similarly, income over feed cost and feed cost per gain were significantly (P<0.05) different cross the breeds. Rahaji and Sokoto Gudali had higher values for value of gain. It was concluded that fattening Rahaji, Sokoto Gudali and Azawak are more profitable than fattening Bunaji.
Keywords:Feedlot; assessment; indigenous breeds; cattle; Nigeria
Author: Madziga I.I1, Alawa C.B.I.1, Lamidi O.S.1, Goska D.Y.1, A. A. Adesote2
1.National Animal Production Research Institute, Ahmadu Bello University, Shika-Zaria, Nigeria
2.Department of Animal Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
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