Abstract

A study was conducted for one year, March, 1995 to February, 1996, to investigate the pre- • valence and seasonality of helminths in three breeds of sheep, Yankasa, Uda and Balami in Bauchi town. Eggs of Strongyles, Strongyloides and Moniezia were identified in the faecal samples About 94.1 % of the sheep examined were infected by one or more gastrointestinal helminths, while infection was not observed in 5.9% of the sheep examined. All factors considered namely, breed, sex, age of sheep and season had significant (P< 0.01) effects on helminths infection. Yankasa was the most susceptible to infection while Balami was least Females showed more susceptibility than males. The most burdened age group was 0-6 month followed by 7-12 month, 13-24 month while 24 month age group had the least helminths infection. Late rainy season had the highest helminths count followed by early dry season while late dry season had the least. More attention should therefore be paid to Yankasa, the 0-6 month age group, female sheep and late rainy season in helminths control.

S. T Mbap, B. Y Chiroma

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 25: Lactation; growth and efficiency; meat quality; role of exotic breeds in the tropics; design of village breeding programs; n, , 261–264, 1998
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