Research Papers/Topics in Animal Science

Nutrient Intake, Digestion And Utilization By Rabbits Fed Cowpea Hull And Soybean Hull Based Diets

ABSTRACTA study involving two experiments was conducted to investigate the growthperformance of rabbits fed diets containing graded levels of cowpea hull(CPH) and soybean hull (SBH). Thirty-two weaner rabbits of about 6 weeksold were used for the study. In experiment1, sixteen 6-week old hybrid(Chinchilla x New Zealand white) weaner rabbits of both sexes with initialaverage weight of 730-790g were randomly divided into four groups of 4rabbits each. The groups were randomly assigned to four tr...

Cultivation And Use Of Moringa As A Nutritional And Medicinal Supplement For Goats In Central Namibia

AbstractTrees and shrubs can serve as fodder to supplement shortages of feed for livestock, particularly in arid and semiarid environments where palatable grasses or browse plants could be limited due to low rainfall pattern and constant droughts. However, in Namibia moringa tree species (spp.) have the potential to curb shortage of feeds for livestock. A completely randomized design (CRD) was used in this study to compare the performance of M. ovalifolia and M. oleifera with respect to seedl...

Performance, Nutrient Digestibility And Carcass Characteristics Of Rabbit Fed Sweet Potato Based Diets

ABSTRACT■3 WThe performance, nutrient digestibility and carcass characteristics of rabbits fed dehydrated sweet potato tops and sweet potato root meal in proportions of 100 : 0. 90 : 10, 80 : 20. 70 : 30, 60 : *40 and 50 : 50 were investigated. There was no significant difference (P>0.05) in daily feed intake. However, rabbits fed diets in proportion of 80 : 20 (T.) recorded the highest daily weight gain and was significantly different (P0.05) was reported for the apparent digestibility of ...

Effect Of Room Temperature Curing On Microbial Population Of Cured Pork Products

ABSTRACT A total of 64 fresh bacons of average weight 1.3kg and 64 fresh hams of average weight 4.6kg were used in the project. The bacons were randomly divided into 2 groups of 32. Sixteen 32 bacons were divided equally and dry cured under room temperature (DCRT) for 2,4,5 and 6 days respectively. There were 4 replicates in each treatment. The rest of the 16 bacons which were also dry cured for 2,4,5 and 6 days but under cold temperature (DCCT), served as control. The second group...

POST-WEANING GROWTH PERFORMANCE OF THE ASHANTI BLACK PIG UNDER INTENSIVE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

ABSTRACT The post weaning growth performance of the Ashanti Black pig (ABP) at National Pig Breeding Station at Babile in the Upper West Region of Ghana was assessed. The records of 211 weaners over a seven-year period (1999-2005 inclusive) were used in the study. The influence of year of birth, sex and size of litter at weaning on performance traits – weaning weight at 42 days, body weights at 120 days, at 180 days and at 240 days of age and post weaning growth rates were inv...

MORTAlITY IN SMALL RUMINANTS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR LIVELIHOODS OF THEIR KEEPERS IN THE SAVELUGU-NANTON DISTRICT OF THE NORTHERN REGION OF GHANA

BSTRACT Despite the many roles small ruminants play in the livelihoods of rural small holder farmers. high mortality in small ruminants has been identified as the major constraint impeding productivity, and hence the livelihoods of small ruminant keepers. In the Savelugu-Nanton district estimated losses in livestock output due to mortality of small ruminants are in the tune of 35%. The present study focuses on the implications of these losses due to mortality in small ruminants in the d...

CONSUMER PREFERENCES, CARCASS CHARACTERISTICS AND SENSORY EVALUATION OF MEAT OF FOUR GUINEA FOWL GENOTYPES IN THE TRANSITIONAL ZONE OF ASHANTI REGION, GHANA

ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to investigate consumer preferences for different Guinea fowl genotypes, the effects of genotypes on carcass characteristics and biochemical composition of meat. The study also aimed at investigating the effects of genotype on sensory attributes of meat. This study was divided into 3 phases. In phase one, sales of Guinea fowls and administration of questionnaires to consumers, retailers, producers and processors were made in one Municipal (As...

COMMERCIAL FEED AVAILABILITY AS A FACTOR IN POULTRY (CHICKEN) PRODUCTION IN SEKYERE WEST DISTRICT, ASHANTI REGION, GHANA

ABSTRACT Commercial feed availability is essential in areas where poultry (chicken) farmers practice intensive production. A study was thus undertaken in the Sekyere West District (SWD) of Ashanti Region to determine the availability of commercial feed as a factor in chicken production. The study also assessed patronage of Agricare feed in Mampong, SWD, covering a period of 3 years (2004-2006). A census survey, involving 62 active chicken farmers and the feed supply agent in the distr...