Study finds preg­nancy genes

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

A Dairynz sci­en­tist has dis­cov­ered why some cows are bet­ter at get­ting preg­nant than oth­ers.

Af­ter ex­am­in­ing more than 20,000 genes over the past three years as part of her PHD, Caro­line Walker found that about 1500 of them af­fect­ing the uterus were al­tered cows.

Ms Walker’s re­search in­volved New Zealand and United States hol­steins.

Dairynz prin­ci­pal sci­en­tist ( an­i­mals) Dr John Roche said Us-type dairy cows were less likely to get preg­nant in the Kiwi


preg­nant pas­ture-based sys­tem.

‘‘ Caro­line’s work shown us some of rea­sons why.

‘‘Ba­si­cally the New Zealand cow is bet­ter at es­tab­lish­ing preg­nancy and now she’s iden­ti­fied some of the genes which de­ter­mine this,’’ he said. has the

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