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Record number 426631
Title Effect of hygiene and medication on preweaning survival and growth of Djallonké sheep in Atacora, Benin
Author(s) Doko, S.Y.; Edoun, G.O.; Gbedonou, E.J.; Degla, P.; Bosma, R.H.
Source Tropical Animal Health and Production 45 (2012)1. - ISSN 0049-4747 - p. 129 - 134.
Department(s) Aquaculture and Fisheries
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) productivity - zone
Abstract Low sheep productivity in North Benin hampers economic development, and improvement can contribute to reduction of rural poverty and food insecurity. To reduce one of the constraints to the productivity of Djallonké sheep, high mortality during suckling in full rainy and start dry season, we tested hygienic measures and medication in improved housing. The effect of the two treatments and their combination on lamb performance and the internal rate of return (IRR) were compared to a control. For each treatment, survival and growth were observed in 20 lambs, living in 38 herds. Good housing and hygiene (daily cleaning and fortnightly disinfection of stable and water and feed troughs) reduced mortality and increased growth of suckling lambs until 3 months. Good housing plus medication (unique injection of vitamins and amino acids and with ivermectine for deworming, weekly tick treatment by spraying, and in case of diarrhea, antibiotic treatment) reduced mortality, but growth was not higher than the control.
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