Cleanliness and diet
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CTA. 2003. Cleanliness and diet. Rural Radio Resource Pack 03/03. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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The Gambia?s champion sheep and ram breeders explain the secrets of how they have won the best ram competition at the annual Tobaski festival for the last twelve years.
Cue: For sheep breeders in The Gambia, the Muslim feast of Tobaski is one of the highlights of the year. During the feast rams are sacrificed, and prizes are awarded for the best animals. Breeding top quality sheep and rams requires a lot of work and attention to detail. Maintaining good hygiene standards and feeding a balanced diet are particularly important. To find out more, Ismaila Senghore decided to speak to the winners of this year?s best ram competition, Mr and Mrs Jeng, at their farm near Banjul. In fact the Jeng?s animal husbandry is so good that they have the won the competition for the last 12 years. Mrs Jeng began by explaining the importance of cleaning the shed where the sheep and rams eat and sleep. IN: ?Everyday we clean it ? OUT: ?taking care of them.? DUR?N 2?51? BACK ANNOUNCEMENT: Ismaila Senghore speaking to Mr. And Mrs Jeng, winners of this year?s Tobaski ram competition in The Gambia. Transcript Mrs Jeng Everyday we clean it, clean where they sleep, cleaning as much as possible and looking after them you see. They eat a lot that is why we have three to four different kinds of varieties of food so that they can mix the foods everyday, mix up, rather than everyday eating the groundnut hay here or everyday eating the corn or everyday eating maize. And also we give them clean water, clean water, everyday we have to change the water, clean water. And everyday we have to broom this area to make it clean. We don?t have to leave them the dirty water. Senghore Ok and I can see that you have a very good shed because the roofing is so comfortable for the animals? Mrs Jeng Yes because rain should not be pouring on them everyday, leaving them outside on the streets roaming about eating any different kind of food they see, no. You see they will not be healthy over there because when they eat the rice that have oil, they have diarrhoea. We choose the kind of food we have to give them. Even the grass, we have to cut the grass. Nice grasses we sow, they cut them, bring them here to feed them rather than leaving them on the streets roaming about? Senghore Scavenging for food. Can you tell me how you recognise sickness in your animals if you sense they are sick? How do you know? Mrs Jeng Yes if sometimes you see one sheep lying on the ground for about one, two hours, three hours, you see them sometimes they get diarrhoea, you come and help them. That is why we employ this boy for the helping, 24 hours. Even at night we look at them. If we hear that some of them had gone out of their room we have to go after them and tie them. If they are sick sometimes they get diarrhoea, we have to go to the pharmacy and get some, we have to get the doctors. First advice from the veterinary, we know them very well. Even for one hour if you see them get diarrhoea you have to take them otherwise it will weaken them. Senghore Now what kind of health intervention do the veterinary people help you with? Mrs Jeng The veterinary people they help us with the vaccinations which we buy from them. Senghore In other words you feed your sheep well, give them adequate water to drink and you heed to veterinary advice at all times? Mrs Jeng Of course we take great care of them. Senghore Thank you very much Mrs Rohie Jeng it has been a pleasure talking to you. Mrs Jeng Yes thank you very much. Also you can have one minute with my husband because he?s also the best farmer here. Senghore Ok then let me just walk over to Mr Jeng. Mr Jeng now how would you summarise your activities here? Mr Jeng Well just keep on trying, just watch them closely and keep them clean, keep them happy, keep them eating all the time. If anybody does that you have the same thing, there is no secret, only to be taking care of them. End of track.