AN IN VITRO SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING LOW COST CROSSBRED HEIFERS
From: 31st March 2011
FUNDED BY HEIFER PLAN INTERNATIONAL
PROJECT TEAM: DR. OKEYO MWAI, DR. MUTEMBEI HENRY, PROF. ERASTUS MUTIGA, DR. VICTOR TSUMA
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:
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