Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 5, Issue 1,2007
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Pest of small ruminants as a major constraint to small ruminant production in Cross River State, Nigeria


 Patrick U. Owai

Recieved Date: 2006-09-27, Accepted Date: 2007-01-11


A retrospective study on the prevalence of pest of small ruminants (peste des petits ruminants) in Cross River State during 1996–1999 revealed that a total of 1981 animals were at risk with an annual mean of 495 animals. Out of the total animals at risk, 308 (15.55%) were sheep and 1,672 (84.4%) were goats, with an annual mean of 77 sheep and 418 goats respectively. Of the total animals at risk, 141 (7.11%) were sick and 124 (87.94%) died bringing the mean morbidity and mortality rates to 7.7 and 88.8% respectively. In the year 1996, a total of 331 animals were at risk, out of which 25 (7.55%) were sick and 22 (88%) of the infected animals died. In 1997, out of 894 animals at risk, 56 ( 6.26%) were sick and 49 (87.5%) died. In 1998, out of 330 animals at risk, 43 (13.03%) were sick and 37 (86.04%) died. In the year 1999, a total of 426 animals were at risk out of which 17 (3.99%) were sick and 16 (94.12%) died.


 Pest of small ruminants, goat, sheep, small ruminant production, Cross River State

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2007
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 102-104

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