Department of Agriculture succeeds in artificial insemination programme

File Photo: Calf

ZIZ News…Dec 19 2011 – The Department of Agriculture is hailing the birth of a calf through artificial insemination as a historic accomplishment of the Department of Agriculture.

Speaking in the Budget Debate, Senior Minister, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris said that he was advised by the Chief Veterinary Officer of the “successful development in our ongoing efforts to expand the quantity and quality of livestock by upgrading of the genetic pool”.

Dr Tracey Challenger, our Chief Veterinary Officer, has advised that this is the first effort spearheaded directly by the Department of Agriculture in the area of artificial insemination. The intention is to expand the programme to pigs, sheep and goats.

Jeremiah French, a farmer of thirty years standing pioneered in the artificial insemination of his cattle. Mr. French and his sons were highly appreciative of the significance of the landmark development.

Minister Harris congratulated Mr. French, the Department of Agriculture and other facilitators such as the Ross University that provided training in the area of artificial insemination.

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