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New breed to improve the dairy industry

May 14, 2019 12:03 pm

The Agriculture Ministry is undertaking an Embryo Implant in cattle to help farms restock.

This is after their cattle were affected by brucellosis and tuberculosis.

Minister responsible, Dr Mahendra Reddy says the embryo that has been implanted is a high yielding cattle which will weigh three times more than the normal breed.

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He adds the cattle will also be able to produce 25 liters of milk per day and improve the dairy industry.

“We do not want to import a new disease and suffer as we are now suffering from some of the other diseases so instead of the Ministry last year decided to get fertilized eggs (Embryo) in test-tube and implant it in cows here and the cow will then get pregnant and give birth.”

Dr Reddy says embryo transplant is seen as a safer method of improving herds than importing cattle.

Meanwhile, in the first quarter of this year, a total of 351 cattle have been removed from the farms due to brucellosis and tuberculosis

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