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Nig. J. Basic Appl. Sci.. 2008; 16(2): 227-233

Haematological Characteristics and Blood Urea Nitrogen of Sokoto Red Goat Kids Fed Fore-Stomach Digesta as Replacement for Cowpea Husk

H. B. Usman, S.A. Maigandi, W. Akin Hassan and, A.I. Daneji.


A study was conducted to monitor the haematological characteristics and blood urea nitrogen of Sokoto Red kids fed varying levels of Fore-stomach digesta (FSD) replacing cowpea husk at 0, 10, 20 and 30 % levels of inclusion in complete experimental diets. Blood samples were collected prior to and after the feeding trial. The study lasted for 15 weeks. Results indicated that haematological values and blood urea nitrogen were within the normal range indicating no toxicity associated with the feeding of FSD to Sokoto Red goat kids. The study concluded that 20 % was the best inclusion level for better economic production.

Key words: Haematological Characteristics, Blood Urea Nitrogen, Sokoto Red Goat, Fore-Stomach Digesta, Cowpea Husk

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