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Samaru Journal Of Agricultural Education

Year: 2016|   Volume No: 7|   ISSN: 0794 – 7860|   Page No: 


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Title:  PROXIMATE COMPOSITION OF CAMEL AND RUMINANT ANIMALS’ MEAT AND CORRELATED RELATIONSHIPS IN THE SAHEL ENVIRONMENT

G. N. AKPA, H. Y. ABBAYA AND M. J. E. SALEY

DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SCIENCE, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY ZARIA, NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

This study was conducted to determine the effect of specie, sex and age on proximate composition of camel, cattle, goat and sheep in the Sahel environment. Speciesinfluenced (p<0.05 and 0.01%) all the meat proximate compositions. Sex of the animal had significant (p<0.05) effect on all proximate composition of meat of sheep but was significant (p<0.05) on some proximate compositions in camel, cattle and goat. Age had no significant (p>0.05) effect on proximate compositions of meat in camel and cattle except for dry matter in camel. It significantly (p<0.05: 0.01) affected meat compositions in goat and sheep except for ash in goat and crude protein, oil and nitrogen free extract in sheep.The correlation observed amongst the meat proximate composition ranged from (p<0.05-0.01; r =0.25 to 0.97and r=-0.29 to-0.99) and (p> 0.05; r=-0.03 to-0.24 and r=0.01-0.20).It could be concluded that camel and cattle could serve as more nutritive sources of meat supply in the arid environment than goat and sheep and that sex and age effect on meat composition is specie specific. 

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