WOMEN to farmers reported that quality animal feeds are a critical factor guaranteeing the production of the bumper.
Prof. Duroyai Ologobo, Professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Toxicology at the University of Ibadan, announced this by conducting a lecture titled "Low Cost Strategies for the Production of Bumper Animals", organized as part of activities dedicated to the 2018th Annual Association of Animal Science in Nigeria (Asan), Oyo State branch Week.
He noted that fodders are the storehouse of all the nutrients needed for animal production and should be available in sufficient quantities to satisfy the animal's needs if livestock farmers have to manufacture bumper.
"How well the animal will use nutrients for growth and production purposes depends on the quality of feed, digestibility, nutrients, absorbed, used and metabolized in tissues," he said.
Ologhobo further stated that cattle farmers need to investigate the use of locally available feed resources that are able to produce the same result as conventional feeds and possibly at a lower price to formulate diets that are balanced on nutrition.
This strategy, he said, will benefit end users by reducing the costs of production and livestock products and make them affordable and cheap for human consumption.
The chairman of the local government, Ibadan Adegoke Bashir Adebayo, addressing the meeting, said that the Ibadan northern local government is making steady efforts to encourage, support and promote all agricultural activities carried out in its jurisdiction in accordance with its agricultural mandate in order to ensure rapid development of agriculture and food security.
He also said that if adequate attention is paid to agriculture, Nigeria will become a haven for the booming economy among the world.
In addition, as part of the celebration of the week of ASAN in 2018, an inter-university quiz competition was held at the federal college of livestock and technology in Ibadan.
The quiz contest, in accordance with the chairman Oyo ASAN, Dr. Johnson Olupon, was organized as a way to encourage young school leavers to use livestock, which in turn would serve as a booster for the economy.