International Journal of
Livestock Production

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Livest. Prod.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2448
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLP
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 264

Full Length Research Paper

Non-genetic factors affecting fitness traits in the grasscutter (Thryonomys swinderianus)

S. Y. Annor
  • S. Y. Annor
  • Department of Animal Science Education, College of Agriculture Education, University of Education, Winneba, P. O. Box 40, Mampong-Ashanti, Ghana.
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B. K. Ahunu
  • B. K. Ahunu
  • Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG 571, Legon, Accra, Ghana.
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G. S. Aboagye
  • G. S. Aboagye
  • Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG 571, Legon, Accra, Ghana.
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K. Boa-Amponsem
  • K. Boa-Amponsem
  • Animal Research Institute, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, P. O. Box AH 20, Achimota, Accra, Ghana.
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J. P. Cassady
  • J. P. Cassady
  • Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7621/232B Polk Hall, Raleigh NC 27695-7621, North Carolina, USA.
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  •  Received: 30 August 2013
  •  Accepted: 13 May 2014
  •  Published: 13 June 2014

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