MANURE PRODUCTION BY YANKASA SHEEP GRAZING NATURAL PASTURES IN NORTHERN GUINEA SAVANNAH ZONE OF NIGERIA

Authors

  • Sani R.T.
  • Jokhtan, G.E

Keywords:

Manure production, Yankassa Sheep, Fertilizer.

Abstract

A study was carried out to determine the quantity and quality of faeces voided by Yankasa
sheep grazing native pasture and fed with concentrate and hay supplement. The study lasted for
eight weeks. Results showed no significant difference (P>0.05) in faecal output between the
ewes and the rams. Faeces produced per head per day averaged 0.33kg and 0.32kg for ewes and
rams respectively. Nutrient concentration in the dry feaces was: N, 2.18%, P, 0.48% and K,
0.52% for the ewes and N, 2.13%, P, 0.46%, K, 0.50% for the rams. It was concluded from this
study that that a large amount of manure is produced by Yankasa Sheep which has a significant
nutrient value for crops. When utilized, it will enhance crop livestock integration and reduce cost of inorganic fertilizer.

Published

2015-12-30