This study assessed the housing, nutrition and health management practices among smallholder sheep farmers in Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling procedure was used to select one hundred and twenty smallholder sheep farmers as sample for study. Data were collected with structured interview schedule. Data were analysed with both descriptive and inferential. The results of the descriptive analysis showed that majority of the smallholder sheep farmers were middle-aged married male farmers and traders with low level of formal education. Furthermore, most of them sourced their breeding flock from open market, rear West African dwarf (WAD) sheep, practice free range system, fed their animals with cassava chips, employed self-medication, using herbs in the treatment of their diseased animals and sell their animals directly.The results of inferential statistics revealed a significant difference in breeds of sheep kept and method of treatment of diseases. There is a positive and significant relationship between the religion and sheep keeping, farmers' household size and their flock size, sheep keeping experience and flock size. This study concluded that poor livestock management practices among smallholder sheep farmers could limit the performance and profitability of the sheep enterprise; hence smallholder sheep farmers should be encouraged to adopt improved livestock management practices to increase their productivity.
PAPER TITLE :ASSESSMENT OF HOUSING, NUTRITION AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AMONG SMALLHOLDER SHEEP FARMERS IN EJIGBO LOCAL AREA, OSUN GOVERNMENT STATE, NIGERIA.
APPLIED TROPICAL AGRICULTURE | VOLUME 24 NUMBER 2 2019
- Author(s) : Alabi, B. O., Busari, A. O. and Ogunleti, E.