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Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Science Vol. 12(2), pp. 24-27 October, 2022
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ISSN 2276-7118 © 2022 Scholarly-Journals

Incidence of Cattle Fetal Wastage Slaughtered at Sokoto Modern Abattoir, Sokoto State, Nigeria

Adamu. U.*1, Shehu, S.1, Jibril, A.1, Umaru. M.A.1, Abdul, A.A.2 and Saidu, B.3

1Department of Theriogenology and Animal Production:
2Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology
3Department of Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, .

Received: 22 February: 2022, Accepted: 18 July, 2022, Published: 29 July, 2022/span>:

FA study was conducted at the Sokoto Modern Abattoir, Sokoto North- Western Nigeria for nine (9) months to investigate fetal wastage and determine age at which such fetuses were recovered using crown rump length (CRL) of the fetuses within the study period. A total of 44,114 cattle were slaughtered within the study period with 24, 345 (55.2%) bulls and 19, 796 (44.8%) cow respectively. Of the former 1, 292 (6.5%) were pregnant, thus resulting in the recovery of 1, 292 fetuses. Classification of the fetuses recovered showed 686 (53.1) to be males and 606 (46.9%) female. Using measurement of the crown rump length in their (fetuses) age estimation showed that, 61 (4.7%) fetuses were within their first trimesters, 111 (86%) of the fetuses were within their second trimesters and 120 (9.3%) of the fetuses were within their third trimesters. After evisceration, the female reproductive tracts were examined through palpation especially from the body of uterus cranially through the uterine horns and gravid uteri were exposed to remove the fetus. The crown rump length were measured and used to determine gestational age. External genital structures like vulva opening, labiae and scrotum, prepucial pouch, penis were used to classify the fetuses into female and male respectively. These biometric data were documented daily for the period of the study before being analyzed. Result shown that more bulls were slaughtered when compared to cows, more male fetuses recovered with those recovered during the second trimester being the highest followed by those recovered at third trimester and the first trimester being the least


Key words: Gestation, trimester, crown rump length, fetus, cattle.

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