Know about the embryo transfer technology being used by the government in an effort to conserve indigenous breed of cattle.
In a bid to conserve indigenous breed of cattle, the government has undertaken a Mass Embryo Transfer programme in Indigenous Breeds under the scheme, National Mission on Bovine Productivity.
Embryo transfer technology (ETT) has revolutionized the breeding strategies in bovines as a tool to optimise the genetic improvement in cattle.
The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, in co-operation with 12 states has planned to carry out 440 embryo transfers during October 2 to 10, 2017 throughout the country.
The programme is implemented with the objective of conservation and development of indigenous breeds under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission.
Benefits of using ETT
- A farmer can get a 5-6 fold increase in the number of offsprings
- The calves so born will be of high genetic merit
- The offsprings born will be free from diseases
More about the programme
- The programme has been initiated in 12 ETT centres across the country
- Under this programme, embryos of higher genetic merit indigenous bovines are being transferred into surrogate cows
- Embryos of indigenous breeds such as Sahiwal, Gir, Red Sindhi, Ongole, Deoni and Vechur have been proposed to be transferred under this programme
- On first day of the ET programme held on 2nd October, 35 embryos were transferred in to recipients
- Remaining will be transferred on different days till October 10, 2017
- The technology now being taken up to the doorstep of the farmers will result in rapid propagation of high genetic merit indigenous cattle.