Effect of Diet and Stages of Pregnancy on Blood Chemistry and Haematology of Djallonke Sheep Fed Diets Containing Various Levels of Cocoa Pod Husk (CPH)


Fifty girnmers of the Djanllonke breed weighing between 5 and 13 kg were allotted in equal numbers to five diets containing 0, 150, 300, 450 and (rWrL,, Kg' CPH or 10, 150,, 30(1, 450 and 600g kg' 5% NaOH treated corn cob and fed individually for 15(1 days. Feed and water were provided ad libuum. Animals on the same dietary treatments were then grouped and a service ram was introduced to each of the five groups. Blood samples were collected by jugular vcr1ipueturc at 28-day intervals during individual and group feeding periods for determination of blocs] constituents. For non-pregnant animals dietary treatment significantly (P<O.01) decreased sodium and increased potassium levels as cocoa pod husk in the diet increased, but all other blood constituents measured were not significantly (P>0.05) affected. Dietary treatment had similar effects on blood sodium and potassium levels in pregnant animals as in their non-pregnant counterparts. Pregnancy significantly (P<0.05) decreased total protein. globulin, haemoglobin, alkaline phosphatase, inorganic phosphorus and sodium levels whilst total leucocyte counts increased.


Obese, E. Y., Tuah, A. K.

Okai, D. B. (Department of Animal Science, Professor, dbokai.agric@knust.edu.gh,


Osei, S. A. (Department of Animal Science, Professor, saosei@yahoo.com , 0322060325)

Adomako, D., Frempong, E. B., Said, A. N.


Place of Publication:

This article is published by the'Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. 'Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, P.O. Box 8, New Tajo Akion, Ghana International Livestock Centre for Africa, P. O. Box 5689, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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