IVF to revive desi milch cattle breeds
CHHAT TISGARH HAS launched a first-of-its-kind initiative to produce IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) embryos of indigenous Indian milch cattle breeds on a large-scale. Developed by industrialist Vijaypat Singhania's J K Trust under the Centre's Rashtriya Gokul Mission, the technology allows scientists to extract eggs from a high-yielding cow, combine them with semen from a bull of the same breed and inject the lab-developed embryo into surrogate cows of other breeds. About 28 cows have been impregnated with embryos developed from four high-yielding, indigenous and almost extinct breeds—Gir, Sahiwal, Tharparkar, Ongole— at Chhattisgarh's Gopal Nagar. Cows of these breeds are known to yield 10 litres of milk daily. Calves will be born in September.