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Embryo Transfer in Cattle Will Improve Productivity

Embryo Transfer in Cattle Will Improve Productivity
Ministry of Agriculture’s director animal health and production Avinesh Dayal during the parliamentarian submission on March 30, 2018. Photo: Parliament of Fiji
March 30
11:40 2018

Ministry of Agriculture had introduced embryo transfer reproductive technology in cattle to improve productivity in order to meet the market demands.

This was presented during the Ministry of Agriculture 2016 Auditor General’s Report Parliamentary Standing Committee Submission yesterday.

Director animal health and production Avinesh Dayal said embryo transfer started last year for the first time in Fiji.

“Instead of getting live animals, we are getting the embryos of cattle from Australia and inserting them into our female cattle in Fiji,” he said.

“We gain two things from this, one, we getting pure genetics to improve the local genetics and two, we are avoiding getting diseased animals to our country.

“Embryo transfer is a much safer way of getting clean genetics to Fiji.”

Mr Dayal also highlighted that last month the ministry did a pregnancy diagnosis in cattle for the production of pure genetics.

“It was good to see that the conception rate was around 50 per cent. For a tropical country like us, 50 per cent is the benchmark so we have achieved that,” he said.

“It has been a success so far.”

The ministry is also continuing with its artificial insemination and most of the semen are from New Zealand.

“This is also a safe way of getting pure genetics into the country,” Mr Dayal said.

“As far as sheep and goats are concerned, the ministry had started getting new breeds into the country.”

Edited by Percy Kean


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