A researcher, Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, has called for a scientific approach in livestock management in order to put an end to grazing menace in the country.
Ezeibe, a professor of Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Virology at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, made the call in Umuahia.
He called for the establishment of more livestock research centres in order to find solutions to emerging challenges confronting animal health and livestock industry in Nigeria.
“When you move around with your livestock, that is not production.
“There is need to keep the animals in one place and monitor their production.
“Unless livestock rearing is handled scientifically, there will be no solution to the grazing challenge.”
Ezibe said that the poultry farming system adopted in the rearing of chicken should also be applied in cattle rearing.
He said this would not only make the farmer richer but also give him more dignity.
Ezeibe, who is the Dean of the college, said that the college planned to have a demonstration abattoir for processing food animals, such as goat, chicken, cattle, sheep, among others.
He said that the college was making efforts to own a cold storage facility to provide wholesome foods of animal origin for the university community.
“It will become additional source of internally generated revenue for the university, while demonstrating to our students how to become job creators,” he said.