FARM ANIMALS AND THEIR CLASSIFICATION


FARM ANIMALS

Meaning of farm animals: Farm animals are the animals that are domesticated by man. The animals are kept because they are useful in many ways. Some produce milk, meat and eggs used as food. Others provide pleasure while some are used as beast of burden or work animals. Examples of farm animals are cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbit and poultry.






CLASSIFICATION OF FARM ANIMALS


(A) Bases for classifying farm animals The domesticated animals are or can be classified in the following ways
1. Classification according to body morphology.
2. Classification according to living environment.
3. Classification according to the type of stomach.

1.

According to body morphology;

on the bases of body morphology, farm animals are grouped into three. (a) Mammals: these are farm animals that have back bone. They give birth to young ones alive and the young ones are fed with milk from the mammary gland.

The animals in this group are cold blooded. That is to say that the temperature of the body does not change in relation to its environment. Goat, sheep, rabbit, pigs, cattle and donkeys are some of the domesticated mammals. (b) Birds: these are the Farm animals that have wings and feathers. They have the ability to fly. They are also warm blooded animals like mammals. These set of animals lay eggs. Examples are fowl, turkey, duck and geese. (c) Fish: these live are reared in water. It is a cold blooded vertebrate. The temperature of the body of fish changes in relation with its surrounding. The body of most fishes is covered with scales. They have fins for movement in water. Examples are sharks, catfish, mackerel, tilapia, salmon, sardines, etc.https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtVMKWiAmZFdtiVo_LewMotd-g9Po7tWT&jct=SaXe0IZrV_jzFpkjLHu-cvtxNm4k5w

ACCORDING TO LIVING ENVIRONMENT OR HABITAT

On the bases of the living environment or habitat, farm animals could be grouped into two, they are 1. Aquatic 2. Terrestrial animals 1. Aquatic animals: are those farm animals that live in water. They get food and oxygen necessary for survival from the water. They are able to live in water because they are cold blooded animals. Examples are all fish related creatures. 2. Terrestrial animals: these are the farm animals that live on land. The majority of the farm animals are in this category. They are firmly adapted to live on land. They possess legs to move about in search for food. They are Goats, Sheep, cattle and donkeys.






ACCORDING TO TYPE OF STOMACH FARM ANIMALS CAN BE GROUPED INTO TWO ACCORDING TO THE TYPE OF STOMACH.

They (a) ruminant and (b) non-ruminant animals 1. Ruminant animals: these set of farm animals have complex or four compartment stomach. These are compartments are as follows, rumen, reticulum, Omasum Abomasums which is called the true stomach. These set of farm animals eat mainly grass and chew the cud. Examples are, Goat, cattle and sheep. 2. (b) These have simple stomach like that of man. The food eaten by Non-ruminant animals are chewed in the mouth completely with the help of the teeth before it is swallowed into the stomach. Non-ruminants feed mainly on grain, tubers and tubers. Examples are Rabbit, Pig, poultry and horse. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RUMINANT AND NON-RUMINANT FARM ANIMALS RUMINANTS NON-RUMINANTS Four compartments one compartment Very large stomach it is very small Large quantity of food consumed eats very little Can digest grasses with cellulose





cannot digest grasses easily but foods like grains

TYPES OF FARM OF ANIMALS

1. Poultry 2. Cattle 3. Sheep 4. Goat 5. Pig 6. Rabbit 7. Fish 8. Donkey 10. Horse


1.

POULTRY:

poultry is the name used to describe all domesticated birds. They produce meat and eggs used as food. The common types of poultry are chicken/fowl, duck, guinea fowl, turkey and geese. In most countries of the world, chicken seemed the most common type of poultry. Here is a list of the major breeds of chicken, 1. Native dwarf fowl

2. Rhode Island Red 3. Plymouth Rock 4. Harco 5. White and Brown Leghorn 6. Light Sussex

In Nigeria and most other black African countries, the Native Dwarf fowl is mainly kept by farmers in the rural areas. The other types or breeds of chicken are foreign and are reared by modern and big poultry farmers. The types of chicken that are kept for the production of meat only are called Broilers. The types that are kept for the production of eggs are called Layers. The dual purpose chicken is meant to produce both egg and meat. Adult male chicken is called Cock Adult female chicken is called Hen The young one of both sexes is called chick A castrated male cock is called Capon Those types reared for the production of hatch-able eggs are called parent stock.






2.

CATTLE:


Cattle belong to the family of Bovidae. The cattle is referred to as roofed animal because it has two enlarged toes. A Cattle with hump is known as Zebu cattle. Those without hump are called humpless cattle. A Cattle is reared by the famer for meat, hides and milk. Therefore cattle can be grouped according the purpose for they are kept by the famer. So in the study of Agricultural Science, they are as follows i. Beef Cattle. This is the cattle kept mainly for the production of meat known as beef. Examples of good beef cattle in Nigeria are MUTURU, NDAMA, BORAN, KETEKU and the other foreign breed are ABERDEN ANGUS and BRAHAMN the American Zebu cattle. ii. Dairy Cattle: this is the cattle kept mainly for the production of milk. Examples of good milk or dairy cattle in Nigeria are WHITE FULANI, SOKOTO GUDALI AND BURAJI. We also have breeds like Holstein, Sahiwa, Friesian and Jersey from America. iii. Work Cattle: this type of cattle is used as source of labour for doing farm work such as tilling the soil and carrying farm load. They have lots of strength. Examples are Kanrej from India and Sokoto Gudali in Nigeria iv. Dual purpose Cattle: these are kept mainly for the production of meats and milk. Dual purpose cattle in Nigeria include Shuwa, Biu and Sokoto Gudali. The adult male of cattle is called bull. The adult female cattle is called cow. The young cattle are called calf. The castrated male cattle is called bullock.

BREEDS OF CATTLE IN NIGERIA AND WEST AFRICA.


The breeds of cattle that are native to West Africa include: NDAMA, MUTURU, BIU, BORAN, KETEKU, WHITE-FULANI, RED-BORORO AND SOKOTO GUDALI. BREEDS OF CATTLE BROUGHT TO NIGERIA FROM EUROPE AND OTHER CONTINENTS HOSTIEN FRESIAN, WHITE AND BLACK SWISS, JAMAICA HOPE, SAHIWA, HEREFORD, ABERDEN ANGUS, BRAHAM AND THE RED DEVON. 3. SHEEP: Sheep belongs to the genus Ovidae. The animal is popularly reared in countries with temperate climate such as Australia, Britain, South Africa and New Zealand. It is also a popular animal reared in countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and a few others. The production of sheep is mainly for their hides/skin, milk and wool. An adult male sheep is called Ram. Adult female is called Ewe. Young of both sexes is called lamb. Castrated male before sexual maturity is called Wether. Castrated male after sexual maturity is called Stag. BREEDS OF SHEEP FOUND IN NIGERIA.
1. The west African dwarf sheep 2. The Yankassa breed 3. Oada



agricultural biology topics


HERE YOU WILL FIND EVERY AVAILABLE TOPICS ABOUT AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND BIOLOGY. AND THE LINKS TO THEIR VARIOUS SOURCES.


1. DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURE
2. IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURE
3. SUBSISTENCE AGRICULTURE
4. COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE
5. PROBLEM OF AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
6. SOLUTIONS TO POOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
7. AGRICULTURAL LAWS AND REFORMS
8. ROLES OF GOVERNMENT IN AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
9. AGRICULTURAL POLICIES
10. PROGRAM PLANNING IN AGRICULTURE
11. AGRICULTURAL REGULATIONS
12. AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION
13. RESEARCH INSTITUTES IN AGRICULTURE
14. AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION
15. AGRICULTURAL CREDITS
16. AGRICULTURAL SUBSIDIES
17. QUARANTINE SERVICES
18. VACCINES IN AGRICULTURE
19. FARM SETTLEMENT SCHEME
20. PROBLEMS OF FARM SETTLEMENT SCHEME
21. OPERATION FEED THE NATION


22. THE GREEN RESOLUTION
23. LAND TENURE SYSTEMS
24. GOVERNMENT LAWS OF LAND REFORMS
25. FARM INSURANCE SCHEME
26. TYPES OF FARM INSURANCE
27. AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVES
28. TYPES OF AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVES


29. LAND AND ITS USES
30. AGRICULTURAL LANDS
31. NON-AGRICULTURAL LANDS
32. LAND USE POLICIES
33. WHAT IS AGRICULTURE
34. FORESTRY
35. WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
36. FACTORS AFFECTING LAND AVAILABILITY
37. TOPOGRAPHY
38. SOIL
39. BIOLOGICAL FACTORS
40. SOCIAL-ECONOMIC FACTORS
41. ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AFFECTING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
42. CLIMATIC FACTORS AFFECTING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
43. TEMPERATURE
44. RAINFALL
45. WIND
46. SUNLIGHT
47. SOLAR RADIATION
48. BIOTIC FACTOR AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
49. PESTS
50. BIRDS
51. DISEASES
52. SOIL MICRO-ORGANISMS
53. SOIL PH
54. ROCK FORMATION
55. IGNEOUS ROCK
56. SEDIMENTARY ROCKS
57. METAMORPHIC
58. SOIL AND ITS FORMATION
59. FACTORS OF SOIL FORMATION
60. LIVING ORGANISM
61. PARENT MATERIALS
62. SOIL FORMATION TOPOGRAPHY
63. PROCESS OF SOIL FORMATION
64. WEATHERING
65. PHYSICAL WEATHERING
66. CHEMICAL WEATHERING
67. PRESSURE
68. WATER







69. WIND
70. HYDROLYSIS
71. HYDRATION
72. CARBONATION
73. BIOLOGICAL WEATHERING
74. CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL COMPOSITION OF THE SOIL
75. SOIL WATER
76. MICRO AND MACRO NUTRIENTS
77. SOIL MICRO ORGANISM
78. PROPERTIES OF SOIL
79. SOIL STRUCTURE
80. SANDY SOIL
81. CLAY SOIL
82. LOAMY SOIL

83. SOIL TEXTURE
84. IDENTIFICATION OF SOIL TYPES THROUGH EXPERIMENTS
85. RETENTION OF WATER BY VARIOUS SOIL TYPES
86. DETERMINATION OF SOIL PH REACTION
87. COLORIMETRIC DETERMINATION OF SOIL PH LEVEL
88. PH SOIL TEST
89. PLANT NUTRIENTS
90.
MACRO NUTRIENTS IN GENERAL
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112.
THE MAINTENANCE OF SOIL FERTILITY
113. CROP ROTATION
114. APPLICATION OF ORGANIC MANURES
115. FARM YARD MANURE
116. APPLICATION OF INORGANIC MANURE

117. LIMING
118. FARMING PRACTICES
119. BUSH BURNING
120. CLEARING

121. FERTILIZER APPLICATION
122. ORGANIC MANURING
123. FARM YARD MANURE

124. HUMUS


125. COMPOST
126. CROP ROTATION
127.
133. FARM POWER AND MACHINERY
134. SOURCES OF FARM POWER
135. HUMAN SOURCE
136.
141. FARM MACHINERY

142. FIELD MACHINES
143. TRAILED IMPLEMENTS
144. MOUNTED IMPLEMENTS
145. SEMI MOUNTED IMPLEMENT
146. SELF-PROPELLED IMPLEMENT
147. TRACTORS
148. THE BULLDOZER

149. PLOUGHS
150. THE MOULDBOARD PLOUGHS
151. THE SHARES
152. THE MOULDBOARD
153. THE LANDSLIDE
154. DISC PLOUGH
155. HARROW
156. RIDGERS

157. PLANTERS
158. PRAYERS
159. HARVESTERS
160. HAY HARVESTER EQUIPMENT
161. GRAIN HARVESTING EQUIPMENT
162. INCUBATORS
163. MILKING MACHINE

164. SIMPLE FARM TOOLS
165. AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION
166. THE CONCEPT OF MECHANIZATION

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