Animal Production Research Advances

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Veterinary services needs of rural livestock farmers in imo state, Nigeria

OM Adesope, C Edna Matthews-Njoku, AC Agumagu


The study ascertained veterinary services needed by rural livestock farmers in Imo State, Nigeria. Data were collected from 80 randomly selected livestock farmers in the study area with the aid of questionnaire and interview schedule. Data analysis was by frequency, percentage, mean, and Ordinary Least Square Multiple Regression. The significant veterinary services needed by farmers were vaccination, de-worming, treatment of sick animals, adequate feeding, curative treatment, identification of animal diseases and livestock management. The predictors of Veterinary services needs of farmers were found to include income, gender, primary occupation and education. It is therefore suggested that livestock extension programs should be planned bearing in mind the predictors found in this study. Adequate awareness on the various animal healthcare services is desirable.

Animal Production Research Advances Vol. 2(1) 2006: 1-5
AJOL African Journals Online