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Body Characteristics of West African Dwarf (WAD) Goats in Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State

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This study was carried out in Bassa local government Area of Kogi State, Nigeria. The study aimed at evaluating the body characteristics of West African Dwarf (WAD) goats in study location. A total of one hundred and nine (109) matured WAD goats, comprising of twenty-seven (27) males and eighty-two (82) females, were randomly selected for the study. Animals were randomly selected across locations within the local government area. Sick and pregnant animals were not included in the study. Animals were selected based on the phenotypic appraisal only. Data were measured from various body parameters, these include; Live Body Weight (BW), Chest Girth (CG), Height at Withers (HW), Body Length (BL), Head Length (HL), Neck Length (NL), Ear Length (EL), Horn Length (HnL), Tail Length (TL) and Leg Length (LL). Data collected were subjected to statistical analysis. Results obtained showed that sex had a significant effect (p< 0.05) on all the body parameters considered. This trend confirms sexual dimorphism in WAD goats in the study location.
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  • Department of Animal Science, Federal University, Dutsin-ma, Katsina State, Nigeria
  • Department of Animal Breeding and Physiology, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Ondo State, Nigeria University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Ondo State, Nigeria
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