Aliyu et al November 2004

Sokoto Journal of Veterinary Sciences, 6 (Supplement): 4-6

 

OCCURRENCE OF SMALL RUMINANT LAMENESS IN MAIDUGURI AND ITS ENVIRONS

 

MM ALIYU MM BUKAR & AB ZIRA

Abstract

A study to investigate the occurrence of difference foot conditions in small ruminants in Maiduguri and its environs was undertaken. A total of 611 sheep from 22 flocks and 223 goats from 15 flocks were investigated. 43 (7.2%) sheep had lameness due to various foot conditions while none of the goats investigated had lameness. Majorities (62.8%) of the sheep affected were within the ages of 1 and 3 years old and more females (53.5%) were affected than males (46.5%). Sheep particularly the Balami breed were mostly affected (51.16%). It was more frequent in semi-intensively managed than in intensively managed flocks. Therefore, the intensive system of management with improved nutrition to reduce the occurrence of small ruminant lameness is recommended.

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