Beef cattle housing and handling techniques in Mubi, Adamawa State, Nigeria
The objective of the study was to survey beef cattle housing and handling techniques in Mubi, Adamawa State, Nigeria in order to make room for improvement to ensure their welfare. One hundred (100) beef producers were randomly selected for oral interviews, discussion and physical observations on beef cattle housing and handling techniques. This was achieved by the use of structured questionnaire for the period of 12 months (January to December, 2018). All beef cattle producers (100%) use make shift kraals or fenced yards without roofs, while 90% use local handling equipment for the business in the study area. The use of elaborate housing and conventional equipment is limited in the study area. Though producers know that, well designed and maintained handling facilities are essential for the safe handling of beef cattle and prevention of injury to handlers. Good cattle handling facilities provide high level of control and safe access for the various husbandry tasks. Many accidents involving cattle could be eliminated with better handling facilities. Knowing the correct procedure is important for both the animals and handlers as handlers are susceptible to injuries.
Keywords: Beef Cattle Housing, Handling Techniques, Mubi, Adamawa State, Nigeria