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Improvement of Cuban dairy cattle genetics as an aid to increase milk production potential.

While Cuba slowly recovers Gom an economical disaster in the nineties, there are numerous problems left asking for asustainable solution, one of which is the severe structural shortage in milk production reflected in the absence of milk in thedaily ration of many Cubans. A decline in support from former partners and the embargo lead to the loss of milk producingpotential in the remaining cattle herds. The lack of operational reproduction techniques to be used as selection tools, severelydecreased the absolute number of dairy cows. The current project aims to re-introduce dairy cattle genetics by creating anucleus herd of cross bred bulls by applying modern cattle breedmg techniques to fertilize oocytes Gom the best local breedfounder cows with (imported) dairy cattle sperm. The use of native breeds assures the cross bred products to be adapted totropical conditions being resistant to relevant parasitic theads. Following this high-tech first phase of the project, the crossbred bulls themselves will propagate dairy cattle genetics in the population by simple, cheap and sustainable ArtificialInsemination and natural mating. This way, relevant genetics can preferentially he made available to those farms which haveaccess to the best cattle feeding conditions.
Date:31 Dec 2009 →  11 Dec 2014
Disciplines:Animal biology, Veterinary medicine, Other veterinary sciences, Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences
Project type:Collaboration project