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SUSTAINABILITY OF TURKEY (MELEAGRIS GALLOPAVO) PRODUCTION IN GASHUA, YOBE STATE, NIGERIA

I. Muhammad Chana, Kazzem A. Badmus, Amos M. Dunya, Aminu Maidala, O. John Makinde, Isaac Adejumo
WJAS ID 1525027761 Date : 2018-07-30 Volume : 10

A study was conducted to assess the sustainability of Turkey production in Gashua, Yobe state, Nigeria based on breed and age effect on body weight and blood parameters of Turkey. A total of 100 (50 pure breed and 50 cross breed) day old turkeys were used for the study. Each breed was repeated five times with ten birds per repetition. The experimental design was a 2x2 factorial arrangement in a completely randomised design. The results obtained for body weight at 3 and 6 months were 2.96 kg and 4.93 kg for pure breed while for cross breed the body weight at 3 and 6 months were 2.15 kg and 3.55 kg respectively. The pure breed have significantly (P<0.05) higher body weight than the cross breed. The result of blood parameters showed that there were significant (P<0.05) differences between the breeds. It was concluded that pure breed turkeys were superior to the crossbred in terms of high body weight and fast growth.

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