Products and Services

Back to Products & Services

AN IN VITRO SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING LOW COST CROSSBRED HEIFERS


From: 31st March 2011

Description

FUNDED BY HEIFER PLAN INTERNATIONAL

PROJECT TEAM: DR. OKEYO MWAI, DR. MUTEMBEI HENRY, PROF. ERASTUS MUTIGA, DR. VICTOR TSUMA

April 2011

Project overview

The Sexed In-vitro fertilization and Embryo Transfer (SIFET) project is piloting the production of female F1 calves from ova harvested from selected Boran cows at the abattoirs and sexed semen from selected Ayrshire and Jersey bulls.

This project aims to assist the smallholder dairy cattle farmers in sub-Saharan Africa to:

a.       Match the available dairy cattle breeds/genotypes with different production environments (i.e. feed resource base, ambient temperatures, veterinary inputs and markets).

b.       Increase production and availability of the more desired female calves, thus increase the supply of dairy heifers, and consequently eliminating the costs of raising the less desired and uneconomical male calves.  

The above processes would results in:

·         Many and more affordable F1 dairy heifers produced by commercial breeders or beef ranchers and available to the smallholders or by smallholders and are thus available other smallholders to buy

·         More flexibility (options), in the production of replacement heifers including possibility of contractual agreements for commercial production of replacement crossbred heifers by beef and dairy cattle producers for smallholders.

The expected outcomes and impacts of these interventions are:

  • better genotype/breed-and environment  match at smallholder production systems level, thus higher returns on both land, labour and feed inputs
  • more poor farmers engaging in dairy cattle farming and improving their livelihoods family nutrition, thus leading to significant reduction in rural and peri-urban poverty levels.
  • Outputs:  15 calves have been born all of which are healthy and alive (see below) by April 2011

 

Back to Products & Services