Damaturu - Dr Mustapha Gaidam, Programme Manager of Yobe Pilot Livestock Development Programme, has described the consumption of pregnant domestic animals in the State as worrisome.
Gaidam, who spoke on Friday when he visited the Head of Service of the state, Alhaji Dauda Yahaya, condemned the large number of such animals being slaughtered in the state.
Gaidam said the rate of loss of animal foetus had a long term negative effect on the population of animals.
According to him, most of the female animals are being slaughtered for consumption at their early stages of pregnancy.
He held that about 15 per cent of animals slaughtered in the state were pregnant, with the embryo of some of them at advanced stage, but could not be detected due to lack of ultra sound scanning machine.
"A team of veterinary doctors from the state was in Poland recently for training and had been exposed to modern techniques of detecting pregnancy in the first 28 days, and the gender in 45 days.
"We need more of this type of training and the necessary equipment at the headquarters and the five zonal centres to save more livestocks as Yobe is a leading state in livestock production.’’
Gaidam said that the state could boast of no fewer than 2.5 million heads of cattle and 2.6 million sheep and goats, quoting animal census conducted in 2003.
According to him, government has procured N7 million worth of animal vaccines kept in cold chain store for future use.
Responding, Yahaya assured that government would procure scanning machines to enable the detection of pregnant animals.
"The Ministry of Animal and Fisheries should write a memo for the procurement of the machines for immediate action.
"The knowledge acquired by the doctors will be utilised in the interest of livestock development in the state.’’