Tropical Grasslands (1985) Volume 19, 120123
TECHNICAL NOTE: PHOTOSENSITISATION JAUNDICE SYNDROME IN WEST AFRICAN DWARF SHEEP AND GOATS GRAZED ON BRACHIARIA DECUMBENS
International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA), c/o IITA, P.M.B. 5320, Ibadan, Nigeria
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.