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Title: Sheep and goat production in the north west province of Cameroon, with special reference to parasitic gastroenteritis
Author: Ndamukong, Kenneth Jacob Ngoh
ISNI:       0000 0001 3440 305X
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1987
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A research project was carried out between October 1983 and June 1987 partly in Scotland and partly in Cameroon covering three main areas: a survey on small ruminant production and epidemiological and experimental studies on parasitic gastroenteritis in these animals. The survey on traditional management of sheep and goats was conducted in North West Province of Cameroon using a questionnaire. The main objectives were to assess the productivity, to identify production constraints and to propose possible solutions. Sixty-five farmers in Mezam division and 50 in Momo division were interviewed. The results showed that 92% of the farmers rear goats as against only 21% who rear sheep. A traditional belief by which sheep keeping adversely affects a woman's fertility is perhaps the greatest constraint on sheep production. Flock sizes are small, typically 6-7 animals in single species flocks and up to 12 animals in mixed flocks. Females make up 88% and 84% of sheep and goat flocks respectively with 62% and 58% of the total sheep and goat flocks being breeding females over 12 months of age. Six management systems were identified. Those involving tethering during the cropping season and either tethering or semi-extensive grazing in the non-cropping season are most widely practised. The most common housing system is an enclosed shed with walls of sticks, tree fern or bamboo. Floors of planks laid on the earth or slightly raised are used by about 48% of the farmers while only 22% construct raised slatted floors. Intentional feed supplementation is rare but salt is given by most farmers on a more or less regular basis. Watering was not considered essential by about 4% of the farmers. Breeding is generally uncontrolled and progeny of the most active breeding ram/buck is often the main source of ram/buck replacement; therefore inbreeding is common. Offtake rates were 20% and 24% in sheep and goats with flock mean percentages of 26% and 23% respectively. The highest offtake rates were recorded under tethering/semi-extensive (35%, and 28% for sheep and goats respectively) and extensive/extensive (48% for sheep). Mortality rates were not significantly different in either young animals (17% and l4% in lambs and kids respectively) or adults (17% and 11% in adult sheep and goats respectively). There was some suggestion of higher mortality rates under semi-intensive/semi-intensive and semi-intensive/semi-extensive management systems. Tick infestation and diarrhoea were considered to be among the major causes of death. Five disease problems of small ruminants were identified on the basis of the signs reported by the farmers: intestinal parasitism especially helminthiasis, tick infestation and the viral diseases associated with it, pneumonia, peste des petits ruminants and Oestrus ovis infestation. Traditional medicine for treatment of sick animals is practised on a very small scale with very limited success. sed on a very small scale with very limited success. A survey on haemoglobin types was carried out on sheep and goats collected from the North West Province and Northern Cameroon as background studies to the experimental work on haemonchosis. Three adult haemoglobin variants (HbA, HbB and HbC) were identified. Haemoglobin types A and B occurred in sheep and haemoglobin types B and C in goats. The gene frequencies of the A and B alleles were 0.08 and 1.00 in Grassland Dwarf sheep and 0.06 and 1.00 in Fulani Bornu sheep. In the goats the gene frequencies of the B and C alleles were 1.00 and 0.15 in Grassland Dwarf goats and 1.00 and 0.38 in Red Sokoto goats. Abnormal production of a haemoglobin with similar electrophoretic mobility to Hb type C was observed in both species under haematological stress. The intense selection of the B gene in the sheep and goat population is of potential interest. The epidemiological studies were intended both to examine the factors which predispose sheep and goats to helminth infections and their effects on production, and to evaluate the efficiency of various control measures intended to increase production. The regime of monthly deworming with fenbendazole currently practised at the research station was used as the control for the first year's epidemiological study designed to investigate the effect of reducing the frequency of such treatment on the survival and productivity of small ruminants. Three management systems were compared: the control regime, a regime involving five strategic treatments and traditional village management with no anthelmintic. The performance of the animals was monitored for one year. At Mankon the goats gained less weight than the sheep. On the contrary the traditionally managed goats both survived better and gained more weight than traditionally managed sheep The strongyle faecal egg counts from both sheep and goats fell at the start of the dry season and remained low until April regardless of the system of management or the frequency of anthelmintic treatment. Pasture larval counts and infection levels in tracer animals were low during this period. During the rainy season faecal egg counts were consistently lower in sheep at Mankon than in goats while in the village animals the reverse was the case. In the animals at Mankon, egg counts made 15 days after treatment were similar to the pretreatment counts. The possibility of benzimidazole resistance by the trichostrongyles in the animals at Mankon was suspected and confirmed by conducting egg counts one week after treatment and by an in vitro anthelmintic sensitivity test in which it was shown that strongyle eggs from the animals at Mankon consistently developed in higher concentrations of tiabendazole than eggs obtained from the village animals. Pasture larval counts were high during the rainy season producing two waves of larval contamination on the pastures, one in mid-June and the other towards the end of the rains in November. The period of maximum infection in tracer animals followed the June peak of pasture contamination. High mortality in traditionally managed sheep in July, August and September also coincided with periods of heavy larval challenge. Haemonchus contortus, Trichostrongy/us axei, Trichostrongy/us coiubriformis and, to a lesser extent, Moniezia expansa were prevalent throughout the year but with larger numbers present during the rainy season. Oesophagostomum columbianum and Bunostomum trigonocephaium were prevalent mainly during the rainy season, heavy burdens in the animals dying during the dry season apparently having been acquired in the late rains The primary haematological parameters (PCV, Hb concentration and RBC counts) in the animals at Mankon tended to be low during the dry season but increased at the onset of the rains and changed very little thereafter. However, in the traditionally managed sheep, the values of these parameters tended to decline overall. In general the haematological values were somewhat lower in the animals on the reduced regime than in those on the standard regime, and in the traditionally managed sheep and goats than in those at the research station. In the animals at Mankon, the serum total protein and albumin concentrations were low during the dry season. In sheep the total protein increased significantly at the beginning of the rains while the albumin changed very little throughout the year. In goats the albumin concentration showed a more or less steady fall throughout the study. In all animals the globulin values were generally elevated during the rainy season. Serum pepsinogen levels were low during the dry season but increased during the rainy season. In the traditionally managed animals the serum biochemistry did not change significantly throughout the study. The second year of the epidemiological study examined the possibility of further reducing the frequency of anthelmintic treatment when an effective anthelmintic is used. The experimental groups received either four or two strategically timed anthelmintic doses, the traditionally managed group included an on-station simulation study and a group of sheep and goats were kept together on mixed grazing. In this year the survival rate was significantly higher in sheep than in goats under all management systems except in those on traditional management. The faecal egg count patterns in all the groups during the dry season were similar to the previous year. Following anthelmintic treatment in the 4-dose group with levamisole in early March, the faecal egg counts were initially reduced to zero in both sheep and goats. Under both the 4-dose and 2-dose regimes treatment with levamisole maintained egg counts in all animals at less than 200 epg throughout the rainy season. Nevertheless the goats at Mankon still carried slightly higher egg counts than sheep. Traditionally managed animals again showed higher egg counts in sheep than in goats. Although the peak periods of pasture larval contamination were modified by the anthelmintic treatments, the overall pattern of seasonal availability of trichostrongyles remained unchanged. Sheep maintained higher PCV values than goats throughout the year. There was a similarity in the serum protein patterns in all groups in both hosts with a tendency for the albumin levels to remain fairly constant and for the globulin levels - and hence the total protein - to fall or remain static during the dry season and then to rise during the rainy season. No consistent differences were found between age or treatment groups but some of the changes with time were significant. The albumin values determined by the bromocresol green method were consistently and significantly lower in goats and higher in sheep than those determined by electrophoresis.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.379364  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Animal husbandry & farm animals & pets
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