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|Title: ||Growth Response of Red Sokoto Castrate Supplemented and Dewormed in Bauchi State, Nigeria|
|Authors: ||Daniel, A.|
Kalla, D. J. U.
Bello, K. M.
Luka, J. S.
Baba, J. R.
Worm egg count
|Issue Date: ||2018|
|Publisher: ||Journal of Animal Production Research|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol. 30,;Iss. 2; Pp 234-240|
|Abstract: ||The experiment was conducted at the Small Ruminant Teaching and Research Farm, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. The objective of the study was to evaluate the effect of
concentrate supplementation and deworming on the intake and growth performance of Red
Sokoto castrate goats. Twenty four young growing castrates were purchased from open markets
in Bauchi metropolis and allotted to four treatments with six castrates each in completely
randomized design. The factors considered were supplemented animals (S), not supplemented
(N/S), dewormed (D) and not dewormed (N/D).. Data collected were feed intake, daily weight
gain, and worm egg counts. The experiment lasted for three months. The results showed that the
chemical composition of the experimental diets meets the requirement of small ruminants. The
initial weights of the castrate goats were 7.17, 7.33 and 7.67 kg with no significant (P0>.0.5)
differences. Final weight gain values were 10.67, 11.17, 11.00 and 13.17g/day with no
significant (P0>0.5) differences. The daily weight gain ranged between 27.78 and 42.59g/day
which were not significant (P0>0.5) as well. The daily concentrates intake were however
significant (P<0.01) among supplemented/not dewormed and supplemented/dewormed castrates.
Daily weight gain values were 29.63, 31.48, 27.78 and 42.59g with no significant (P>0.05)
differences. Worm egg counts at the beginning, at the middle and end of the experiments were
significant (P<0.05) among the treatment groups with values ranging between11.50 and 47.17%,
5.78 and 10.07% and 6.33% respectively. It can be concluded that supplementation and
deworming will improve the growth performance of castrate goats.|
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