because the level of infection with helminths and coccidia in goats
of the area was not known at the beginning of the study, because
no epidemiological studies had been carried out previously.
However, the treatment trials conducted in small-holder herds in
Mgeta, the Taji and Melela herds have indicated that anthelmintic
treatment can result in better body condition scores and weight
gains. Since mixed nematode and coccidia infections are common,
it would be of practical importance to quantify the synergistic
pathogenic effects on animals by carrying out treatment trials with
both anthelmintics and coccidiostats.
● The outputs of this project contribute to the development goals of
DFID's NR research strategy, as the information gathered has
provided an understanding of production constraints to goats in
Mgeta and Mlali Divisions, and thus provided the livestock
services, extension agents and smalll ruminant owners with a
background on management actions to increase productivity. The
recommendations given (if properly implemented) may result in
improvement in the productivity of small ruminants in the region
and therefore increaae the contribution which those animals make
to the household economy of the people in the area.
● KUSILUKA, L.J.M., MATTHEWMAN, R.W., KAMBARAGE, D.
M., DABORN, C.J. AND HARRISON, L.J.S. (1994). Study of
disease problems of goats kept under different systems of
management in Mlali and Mgeta villages - Morogoro region.
Proceedings of the 11th Tanzanian Veterinary Association Annual
Scientific Conference. Arusha. Tanzania. December 1993.
● Kusiluka LJM and Kambarage DM (1996). Diseases of small
ruminants in sub Saharan Africa: A Handbook. VetAid, ISBN
09522299 5 1.
● Kusiluka LJM, Kambarage DM, Harrison LJS, Matthewman RW
and Daborn CJ. (1994). Epidemiology of gastro-intestinal
helminths in goats under different systems of management,
Morogoro District, Tanzania. Paper presented at the 12th Tanzania