Major Causes of Organ Condemnation and Direct Financial Loss in Bovine Slaughter in Hawassa Municipal Abattoir Hawassa, Ethiopia

Zerihun Teshome


This study was conducted from November 2009 to April 2010 on cattle slaughter at Hawassa municipal abattoir. An attempted was made to study major causes of organ condemnation and to estimate the direct finical loss due to the condemnation of edible organ. A total of 768 were examined by standard postmortem inspection procedure.  Out of the 524 (67.19%) livers 503 (65.4%) lungs 59 (7.7%) heart and 38 (4.95%) kidney was rejected. The main causes of organ condemnation were fasciolosis, 295 (56.2%) hydatidosis (61.8%), nephritis 19 (50%) and cystericuse bovis 27 (45.7%), rendering them unfit for local market on aesthetic ground or zoonotic considering their risks to human being. The total annual financial loss due to condemnation of these organs was calculated to be 1,350,790 per annum. The result of this present work indicate immediate need the prevention of organ condemnation and pathological abnormality through development of animal health delivery enforcement of slaughter policy and training of slaughter house personnel on standard slaughter operation.

Keywords: abattoir, cattle, condemnation, organ, Hawassa

DOI: 10.7176/JBAH/9-9-02

Publication date:May 31st 2019

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