Africa / Cattle / Genetics / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock Systems / Research

Kenya’s first test tube calf

Three years after Kenya got its first test-tube babies, the Daily Nation can reveal another first from the world of test tubes – a healthy calf.

Baoshan Community Dairy Feeding Centre

The calf, which the Daily Nation has named Bully, is one of two test tube calves born three weeks ago in an experiment by veterinary scientists from the University of Nairobi and the International Livestock Research Institute.

The calves were born using a technology which is about half a century old, but it has far-reaching implications for farming. For one, scientists say they can determine the sex of the calf with an accuracy of about 95 per cent, meaning that beef farms can breed bulls and dairy farms heifers.

Read more (Daily Nation)

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