Methods to use in Cross-Breeding Animals

There are generally two methods of cross-breeding as is seen in mating. You can do natural mating or artificial insemination. Under natural mating, you introduce the male you want to use to the female on heat and allow them mate each other. For artificial insemination, you take the semen (sperm) of your desired male and introduce it to the female on heat. In artificial insemination, the male don’t have to be there as a matter of fact most of the semen’s used for artificial insemination are imported into the country.…

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Factors to be considered before Cross-Breeding

First of all, you must have all the qualities you want in your animals in mind and be sure the animals you are crossing can give you those qualities. Also be conscious of the sizes of the breeds of the animals you are crossing so that you will decide appropriately whether to use animals that will not give you delivery problem or be prepared to help the animals deliver. You should also know that in cross-breeding, you will likely need the help of an expert to put you through. So…

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Disadvantages of Cross-Breeding

Among the disadvantages of cross-breeding is that the natural traits of the parents are not completely transferred to the offspring’s rather, it is shared. For instance: a cow with good milk production cross-bred with the one having good meat production will result in an offspring that will have both good meat and good milk but will not be as pure as those of the parents. Also, if adequate care is not taken and a bigger male is used in mating a female with smaller size, foetal oversize may occur which…

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Advantages of Cross-Breeding

As earlier said on my last article, it helps in improving the qualities of animals being cross-bred. Also, it helps to retain certain desirable traits on the farm. With improved qualities and traits on the farm, the farmer gets more returns on the farm. In addition, if properly done, cross-breeding do confer better immunity on the offspring’s. For instance, crossing local breeds with exotic breeds will make the offspring stronger because of the local breeds as well ass adapted to the weather condition here and could survive better. See also:…

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All about Cross-Breeding

As the name suggests, Cross-Breeding involves the crossing of one breed of ruminants with another. For example: using the male of one breed to mate the female of another breed. The aim most of the times is to improve the quality of the animals being raised. For instance, an animal may have good meat but poor milk production therefore such an animal can be cross-bred with the one that has good milk production so that the offspring will have both good meat and good milk production qualities. See also: which…

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Find out which of the Ruminant Breeds is better to raise

The Answer to this question depends on a lot of factors: ranging from First, is the purpose for which the animals are to be raised. For example: is it raised for meat or for milk production? Secondly, is the farmer’s interest or likeness, example: which breed exactly is the farmer interested in raising. Third is the initial capital because purchasing and managing exotic breeds of ruminants could be costlier than those of the local breeds. Also the area/place where the animals will be raised will also be considered before deciding…

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Popular Breeds of Ruminant Animals

Generally, ruminant breed ranges from local breeds to exotic (imported) breeds. The local breed of cattle include: White Fulani, Ndama, Muturu, Sokoto Gudali, Zebu etc. while the exotic breeds include Holstein, Fresian, Brown Swiss, Jersey etc. Breeds of Goat include: West African Dwarf Goat, West African Long-Legged Goat, Red Sokoto, Numibian, Sudan Desert and Sannen while Breeds of Sheep include: West African Dwarf Sheep, Ouda, Yankassa etc. See also: The possibility of Raising Ruminants both for Fattening and Reproduction on the same Parcel of Land

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Find out the possibility of Raising Ruminants both for Fattening and Reproduction on the same Parcel of Land

This is very possible but the only difference will be their management. For instance, the ones for fattening will not be allowed to graze as much as those for reproduction. Also, some special concentrates will be provided for those ruminants for fattening. They can be raised on the same parcel of land and even handled by the same set of attendants depending on the capacity of the farm. See also: The Ratio of a male to Female Ruminants

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The Ratio of a Male to Female Ruminants

If you are to raise ruminants for production, it largely depends on the amount you have at hand and the available space you have to use as that is exactly what determines the number with which you can start with. However, a male (1) ruminant will conveniently service ten (10) females. So, as for the ratio I will like to recommend a ratio of 1male to 10 females. See also: Fattening Ruminants? Find out the Best Sex to Raise

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Fattening Ruminants? Find out the Best Sex to Raise

It has been proven that male animals grow faster and bigger than the female animals. Also, it is a reproductive waste to raise female ruminants without allowing them to reproduce. Therefore for fattening program, I will recommend that you raise male only. This is even usually cheaper to purchase and will also reach market size earlier that the female counterpart. See also: Fattening Ruminants vs Raising them for Production: Find out which is more Economical

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Fattening Ruminants vs Raising them for Production: Find out which is more Economical

Both fattening the ruminants or Raising them for production are good practices in Ruminant Farming but it largely depends on your interest because if you are interested in raising them within a short time to realize your money then fattening will be better for you. However, if you love to see them grow and multiply under your care then raising them for production will be better for you but in this case, you must not be in a hurry to make gains as it usually take some time before they…

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CAUSES OF DISEASES IN FARM ANIMALS AND HOW TO PREVENT DISEASE OUTBREAK

What exactly keeps your Animals Healthy? Find Out

There are many causes of disease in animals. The knowledge of what causes disease, and of how animals can get a disease, helps us to know how to prevent disease and to treat sick animals. 1. Parasites: Parasites are organisms that have to live on or in other organisms, such as animals, in order to survive. Most parasites are easy to see, although some mites and the early stages of worms can only be seen under a microscope. There are two major types of parasites; the external and internal parasites.…

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