Tropical Grasslands (1985) Volume 19, 120–123

TECHNICAL NOTE: PHOTOSENSITISATION JAUNDICE SYNDROME IN WEST AFRICAN DWARF SHEEP AND GOATS GRAZED ON BRACHIARIA DECUMBENS

B.A. OPASINA

International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA), c/o IITA, P.M.B. 5320, Ibadan, Nigeria

Abstract

In a dry season grazing trial with Brachiaria decumbens cv. Basilisk at Ibadan in southwest Nigeria, 14 from a group of 36 West African Dwarf sheep, and 1 from a group of 16 goats, died. The main clinical and post-mortem findings were signs of photosensitisation and jaundice. Further investigation of the effect of the grass on ruminant production in Nigeria would be required.

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