Gofwan Et Al


Gofwan et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 11(2), pp. 123-125,

ISSN: 2276-7770

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copyright of this article is retained by the author(s)








Six Months Assessment of Foetal Loss in
Sheep and Goats at Shendam Slaughtering Slab, Plateau State, Nigeria



PG; Dastu, AJ; Machido, H; Damter, SA; Magaji, ST; Guluwa, LY


of Animal Health Technology, College of Agriculture, Garkawa, Plateau State,






Article No.: 053121052

Type: Research



So many factors are militating against
sheep and goats development in Nigeria ranging from disease incidence, poor
nutrition, poor infrastructure, poor policy and poor management practices.
Of the poor management practices, indiscriminate slaughtering stands to be a
major challenge. Therefore, this study was designed to carry a Six months
assessment of foetal loss in sheep and goats at Shendam slaughtering slab,
plateau state, Nigeria.  Shendam town
was purposefully chosen for this study because it was the Headquarters of
Plateau South Senatorial District which has more influx of people that
undertook political activities and with so many federal and state
establishment as well as controlling business activities in the zone. A
daily visit was made to the Shendam slaughter between 6:00am and 11:00am for
the period of six months from June to December 2019 and the number of all
sheep and goats slaughtered per day per month was recorded. Mean and
percentage were used to analyze the data under three categories (males,
dried females and pregnant females). The results showed that a total of
1441.00 (Mean: 205.86) and 2358.00 (mean: 336.86) sheep and goats were
slaughtered respectively in the six months assessment. In regard to sheep,
51.83% were non pregnant females, 9.86% were pregnant and 38.31% were males;
and in regard to goats, 66.42% were non pregnant females, 5.95% were
pregnant and 27.63% were males. It may be concluded that 9.86% pregnant
sheep and 5.95% pregnant goats were slaughtered monthly in this study area.
Therefore, policy that prohibit indiscriminate slaughtering, and equipment
veterinary services are recommended.


Accepted:  31/05/2021

Published: 31/07/2021


*Corresponding Author

Tomilola Makanju

E-mail: davidsudik@
yahoo.com; gofwanphilip@ gmail.com



loss; goats; pregnancy; sheep; slaughtering; slaughtering slab










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Cite this Article: Gofwan, PG; Dastu, AJ; Machido, H; Damter, SA;
Magaji, ST; Guluwa, LY (2021). Six Months Assessment of Foetal Loss in Sheep
and Goats at Shendam Slaughtering Slab, Plateau State, Nigeria. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences
11(2): 123-125.


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