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Embryo transfer for cattle a success

September 28, 2018 10:05 pm

Fiji’s first embryo transfer program on cattle has been hailed a success following the birth of calves or calving stage at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Sigatoka Research Station.

Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu says the Ministry of Agriculture had collaborated with Australian Reproductive Technologies to improve the dairy and beef industry.

Australian Reproductive Technologies Managing Director, Simon Walton said the result of the embryo transfer will boost the industry.

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The program has identified the Senepol cattle for beef breeds after having demonstrated a number of desirable commercial traits and is also climate resilient while the Brown Swiss cattle has been identified for dairy, due to its high volume and quality milk production.

Through the program, tracking devices using satellite on calves in the case of stray animals and theft has been introduced to keep track of the animals’ location.

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