IVF to re­vive desi milch cat­tle breeds

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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.

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