PERFORMANCE OF WEST AFRICAN DWARF (WAD) GOATS GRAZING UNDER OIL PALM PLANTATION IN NIGER DELTA, NIGERIA.
1Ikperite S.E and Kperegbeyi J.I1
1 School of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Technology,
Delta State Polytechnic, P.M.B.5, Ozoro.
The study was designed to investigate the performance of West African Dwarf (WAD) Goats grazing under oil palm plantation. Twenty (20) WAD Goats about six months old were used for the study. They were allotted to two treatments consisting of two replicates of five Goats each. Treatment 1, served as the control with (WAD Goats were allowed to graze in a paddock under the canopy of an oil palm plantation). While treatment 2 contained group of WAD Goats were allowed to graze outside the oil palm plantation (the experimental area). Water were provided at all times. The study lasted for twelve weeks. The results indicated that the group of WAD Goats fed under the oil palm plantation (T1) made a significantly (P<0.05) higher mean daily weight gain value ( 9.85g) over the mean daily bodyweight gain value ( 7.74g) recorded for the WAD Goats which roam about grazing outside the oil palm trees canopy. The weed in the paddock under the plantation was very mush reduced. In conclusion, WAD Goats grow faster and control weeds if reared under oil palm plantation. The rearing of WAD Goats under the oil palm plantation is therefore recommended.
Key Words: Grazing, Paddock, Oil Palm Plantation, Body Weight Gain , Weed Control.