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Presented By: Matthew Olugbenga Oyeyemi

Event: 2016 ECHO West Africa Forum: Ibadan, Nigeria (2016-04-12)

  • Small ruminants are of the order of animals which have a stomach with four complete cavities (rumen, reticulum, omasum , abomasums) , through which the food passes in digestion.
  • The division includes sheep and goats. Some other in this order (ruminants) that are not small ruminants are cattle, deer and antelopes.
  • Small ruminants are frequently of considerable importance and have a whole range of advantages over other, larger livestock. They also have some disadvantages but the balance appears to be heavily in their favor
  • The humid zone of West Africa has traditionally depended on areas to the North to meet its demand for animal protein.