At the Agriculture department office
Appointment on Visitation important
|1.||Ph.D (Animal Physiology (Reproductive Physiology And Artificial Insemination))||Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Abeokuta Ogun State, Nigeria||2016|
PREVALENCE OF HAEMOPARASITES IN CATTLE SLAUGHTERED IN IKORODU ABATTOIR
The prevalence of various genera of haemoparasites of cattle was previously reported in different parts of the country (Akande et al., 2010) Parasitic diseases have a debilitating impact on human and animal health worldwide particularly in developing countries. The effect of haemoparasites on cattle production is difficult to quantify (Samdi et al.,2010) but losses in traction power, milk and meat production and costs of control programs have been attributed to haemoparasites (ILRI, 1997)
The study was carried out at Ebute abattoir, Ikorodu Lagos state. All blood samples were collected at the abattoir and further analysis were conducted at the parasitology unit of the college of veterinary medicine, Federal university of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun state.
A total of 100 trade cattle presented for slaughter at the Ebute abattoir were randomly selected for this study which lasted between April and June 2018. Characteristics of population such as age, sex, breed and body condition scores were observed and recorded. 5 mls of blood was collected from the jugular vein prior to slaughter into bottles containing EDTA. Blood parameters such as PCV, haemoglobin, red blood cell count, white blood cell count and differential count was done.
Parasites identification was done based on morphological characteristics with the aid of a standard microscope
It is expected that the results of this study will provide a baseline data on the current state of health of cattle being slaughtered for human consumption in Lagos state. This data can be used by government and relevant stakeholders to make policies that will safeguard the health of citizens in Lagos state.
CONTRIBUTION TO KNOWLEDGE
This study is expected to contribute to knowledge by creating awareness on the losses that can be incurred in animal production through the infestation by parasites. Data obtained via this study will serve as reference for future studies
KAREEM-IBRAHIM KHADEEJAH is a Lecturer II at the Department of Agriculture
KAREEM-IBRAHIM has a Ph.D in Animal Physiology (Reproductive Physiology And Artificial Insemination) from Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Abeokuta Ogun State, Nigeria