IVF Bioscience in action: India’s first frozen IVF calves
We are delighted to share the news that JK Bovagenix, an initiative of JK Trust, has this week announced the birth of three healthy cattle calves, all produced from frozen IVF embryos created using IVF Bioscience media. The calves were born on the 8 January 2017, and are all of the Tharparkar beed of Rajasthan. Two further calves, produced from fresh IVF embryos, were born on the 23 and 24 December 2016.
This breakthrough is being described as a turning point in India’s growth story, revolutionising the production of genetically superior Indigenous breeds and leading to a multi-fold increase in milk output. The results are also strategically significant, as the Government of India’s Rashtriya Gokul Mission aims to address the pressing need for enhanced milk productivity of the various indigenous breeds of India.
Image: India’s first IVF male calf (Krishna), born from a frozen IVF embryo, along with his crossbred recipient mother at JK BovaGenix’s farm in Gopalnagar.
Dr. Shyam Zawar, Chief Scientist – JK BovaGenix & CEO – JK Trust said, “The success of our clinical trials marks a milestone that signifies the beginning of the transformation of cattle scenario in India. Taking forward the government’s initiative of Rashtriya Gokul Mission, talks of JK BovaGenix are in progress with various state governments to implement a similar programme that can conserve the depleting indigenous breeds making Rashtriya Gokul Mission a grand success in our country.”
To date, JK BovaGenix has successfully established 45 IVF pregnancies in cattle, out of which 28 pregnancies are from fresh IVF embryos and 17 from frozen IVF embryos. JK BovaGenix aims to establish 10,000 IVF pregnancies by the year 2020.
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