IAEA Counterparts Produce a Calf via Embryo Transfer for the first time ever in Sri Lanka

IAEA Counterparts Produce a Calf via Embryo Transfer for the first time ever in Sri Lanka A team of veterinary researchers and IAEA counterparts at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka have successfully produced a calf through embryo transplant technology. This historic event marks the first time in Sri Lanka when such technology has been successfully applied. This calf born to a local recipient cow through the transfer of an embryo of selected a Australian cow has been named 'Apeksha'.

Senior Lecturer and lead counterpart for RAS5044 Dr. Basil Alexander said 200 cattle embryos have been imported for further experimentation with embryo transfer in conjunction with the National Livestock Development Board.

The goal is to increase milk production in the country. Half of the embryos have been already been transplanted. The offspring from this technology could produce up to 45 to 50 litres of milk per day, with optimal management. Embryo transplant technology will be initially applied in farms belonging to the Livestock Development Board.

The animals will be used to create a nucleus herd for further genetic selection and multiplication, followed by distribution to private dairies and individual farmers.