Body Weight and Linear Measurement at Sexual Maturity of F1 Progeny from West African Dwarf and White Bornu Goats Crossing In Humid Nigeria (Published)
Twenty-four unit breeding herd of two indigenous goat breeds (West African Dwarf and White Bornu) were raised in a humid environment of Nigeria to evaluate the effect of breed and sex on the body weight and linear measurement at sexual maturity of progenies from within and between crosses of both breeds. Results from the study revealed that breed and sex had significant influence on parameters assessed with higher values been observed in the crossbred and the White Bomu purebred. Body weight values ranged from 22. 76 ± 2.17 to 34.43 ± 1. 77 cm with higher value observed in crossbred. This trend was also revealed in traits such as Height at wither (HA W), Heart girth (HG), Body length (BL), Upper fore limb (UFL), Lower fore limb (LFL), and Upper hind limb (UHL). However, lower hind limb (LHL) -was higher in White Bornu purebred with value of 18.47+0.60 and the crossbred recording 17.64 ± 0.74 cm which implies that improvement was made on traits of the West African Dwarf goat due to crossbreeding with White Bornu.
Effect of Substitution of Maize with Brewer’s Dried Grain in Pig Starter Diet on the Performance of Weaner Pig. (Published)
Twenty four (24) weaner pigs and aged 8 weeks made up of mixed sexes with initial body weight between 8.0 kg and 8.2 kg were used to investigate the effect of substituting maize with Brewer’s Dried Grain on their feed intake and growth performance. The weaner pigs were randomly allotted to four treatment groups of six pigs per treatment. The treatments were replicated three times with each replicate having two (2) weaner pigs. The weaner pigs were fed diets containing 0 %, 10 %, 20 % and 30 % Brewer’s Dried Grain of treatment Dh D2, D3 and D4 respectively. The chemical composition of the test ingredient was determined prior to it’s in the diets. Data were collected on final body weight, average daily weight gain and feed conversion ratio. There were no significant (P>0.05) difference in the above listed parameters. Weaner pigs fed diet 1, 2 and 3 had the highest daily feed intake while weaner pigs fed diet 4 is statistically similar but slightly less than I, 2 and 3. It is thus concluded that the results suggest that 20 % substitution of maize with Brewer’s Dried Grain produced no negative effect on the production performance of weaner pigs.