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Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
Year: 2005  |  Volume: 4  |  Issue: 12  |  Page No.: 971 - 975

Evaluation of West African Sheep under Two Production Systems

Musa, H.H, A.H. Suleiman, F.M. El amin, G.H. Chen, D.M. Mekki and B.C. Li    

Abstract: The West African sheep was originated in the West African countries, brought to Sudan in 1930. These breeds include (Uda, Sankara and Weila) strains. They are normally reared to gather as mixed pastoral flocks, followed different routes during summer and autumn seasons. In the first phase of this study 75 females and 10 males were selected with typical characteristics of the breed, brought to the University of Nyala experimental farm. In the second phase basic information from tribal breeders and their sheep flocks were collected. For each phase flock statistics were recorded and then some reproductive and productive traits were estimated. Season and age effect on mortality of sheep flock was estimated. Likewise feed lot experiment was done to examine the possibility of sheep for improvement of meat production. Body length, heart girth, height at withers and chest depth were measured for lambs at birth to one year age and similar measurements were taken for adult flocks.

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