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Research Journal of Animal Sciences
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 5  |  Page No.: 154 - 156

Study on Some Hematological Parameters of Goats Fed Aspergillus Treated and Untreated Shea-Butter Cake

M.A. Belewu, A.A. Yahaya and A.O. Adeyina    

Abstract: Red Sokoto goats (n = 20) were fed fungus (Aspergillus niger) treated and untreated Shea-butter cake in a completely randomized design model for a 56 day period. Evaluation of some of the haematological parameters showed that haematocrit (PCV), Red Blood Cell (RBC) count, White Blood Cell (WBC) count, haemoglobin (Hb) concentration and lymphocytes decreased significantly (p<0.05) in diets B, C and E, while an increase was observed in diet D for parameters studied. The similarity in the creatinine content of the blood showed that the kidney was functioning normally and no act of illness observed. The derived parameters (MCHC, MCV and MCH) followed this profile. In conclusion the dietary feeding of Aspergillus treated Shea-butter cake holds a good promise as it has no detrimental effect on the health status of Red Sokoto goats.

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