Prevalence of mastitis in goat herds in some northwestern villages in Nigeria
Keywords:Prevalence, Mastitis, Goat, Village, Nigeria
In this study 10 different herds were randomly sampled and milk samples obtained from 263 lactating does with normal sized udder and enlarged (unilateral/bilateral) pendulous udders .The obtained milk samples were analyzed for mastitis using a rapid field catalase test (RFCT). From 194 samples obtained from NSU (Normal Size Udder), 164 samples were negative to the test while 30 samples were positive. These represent 84.5% negatives and 15.5% positives of the total sample analyzed. Similarly, 69 samples were obtained from both U/BEU (Unilateral/Bilateral Enlarged Udder), 42 samples were negative to RFCT while 27 samples positive, representing 60.7% negatives and 39.3% positives of the total analyzed samples. The information obtained from this research work is to sensitize farmers on the need for routine examination/screening of their herd for mastitis; since mastitis occurring as the most common and costly disease which could take a heavier toll in animal industry than any single disease through considerable economic loss.
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