This study was designed to determine the haematological and
biochemical profiles of growing Yankasa rams fed sorghum stover supplemented
with Sun-Dried Poultry Droppings diets (SDPD). Poultry dropping is a good source
of protein supplement. Its high nitrogen content suggests feeding it to ruminant
would be an excellent avenue to convert nutrients in the waste into animal products.
But a major challenge for it utilization is the danger of pathogenic organisms.
Sun-drying of the droppings can render the waste free of pathogens. Thirty growing
Yankasa rams aged 9-12 months, weighing 11.5-15.5 kg were randomly divided into
five groups (3 in each) and assigned to five experimental diets T1-T5
which contained 0, 20, 40, 60 and 80% SDPD. Blood samples were analyzed for
haematological and biochemical parameters. Results showed that White Blood Cell
(WBC), Haemoglobin (Hb) and Packed Cell Volume (PCV) were significantly influenced
by Dried Poultry Droppings based diets (DPD). Their values were WBC, 10.6, 12.9,
9.5, 7.0 and 10.7 L-1, Hb, 8.6, 9.3, 8.6, 8.4 and 9.7 g dL-1
and PCV, 22.9, 29.4, 27.1, 23.6 and 21.5%, respectively. Additionally, urea,
sodium and total protein were significantly influenced by treatment diet. Their
values were urea, 6.1, 6.3, 6.8, 6.9 and 8.1 mg dL-1, sodium, 102.9,
128.8, 129.2, 130.7 and 130.7 mmol L-1. total protein, 6.3, 6.5,
7.1, 7.2 and 7.1 g dL-1. Most haematological and biochemical values
obtained were within the normal range for sheep. SDPS diet can satisfactorily
supplement sorghum stover without any deleterious effect on the blood chemistry
and haematological profile of growing Yankasa rams.