International Journal of
Livestock Production

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Livest. Prod.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2448
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLP
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 287

Full Length Research Paper

Preweaning growth performance of Lagune cattle in Benin

A. B. Gbangboche1*, T. I. Alkoiret2, C. A. A. M. Chrysostome1, S. Salifou3 and J. L. Hornick4
  1Department of Animals Production. Faculty of Agronomics Sciences. University of Abomey Calavi. 01 P. O. Box 526, Cotonou-Benin, Benin Republic. 2Department of Animals Production. Faculty of Agronomy, University of Parakou. Parakou, Benin Republic. 3Research Laboratory of Applied Biology. Polytechnic School of Abomey Calavi, University of Abomey Calavi, 01 P. O. Box 2009. Cotonou-Benin, Benin Republic. 4Department of Animals Production, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University de Liege, Liege- Belgium.
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  •  Accepted: 10 March 2011
  •  Published: 05 October 2011



The aim of the present paper was to evaluate the birth weight (BW, kg) and weaning (WW, kg) weight and the corresponding average daily gain (ADG, g) of Lagune cattle reared in the Samiondji breeding farm of Benin. A total of 1,414 records from 707 calves, born from 1997 to 2003, were analysed using a general linear procedure (proc GLM). Fixed factors were sex, calving number and year of birth. The weaning age (WAGE) was used as variable. Results of present evaluation showed that BW and WW ranged respectively from 11.65±0.20 to 17.40±0.33 kg and from 70.21±0.17 to 117.00±0.20kg while the ADG from 141.18±4.80 to 248.90±6.25g. All fixed effects significantly affected the growth traits, except sex for ADG, and year of birth for BW. The WAGE showed a significant linear relationship with ADG.


Key words: Growth, weaning, weight, Lagune, cattle.