23th July, 2014, Karnal
Dr. A.K. Srivastava, Director, National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal informed that male cloned calf named 'RAJAT' produced through the 'Hand-guided Cloning Technique' was born on July 23, 2014. The calf was born by normal parturition, and its weight at the time of birth was 32.0 kg. The newborn calf is keeping good health. The team of the scientists involved in the production of this cloned calf, are Dr. S.K. Singla, Dr. M.S. Chauhan, Dr. R.S. Manik, Dr. P. Palta, Dr. Shiv Parsad, Mr. Anuj Raja and Mr. Amol Sahare.
The new born calf is a clone of Proven Buffalo Bull (MU-4393) belonging to world renowned 'Murrah' breed. The donor cell was taken from frozen semen of this bull. The donor bull was born on December 10, 1995 and remained at Animal Breeding Research Centre of NDRI till March 21, 2004, after which it was withdrawn from the service. The bull ranked 'first' in 5th set of all India progeny-testing programme and had 22.29% superiority. Cloning of progeny tested bulls has a big potential for faster genetic improvements in our livestock.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR congratulated the team and said this new achievement of producing cloned calf from frozen semen of progeny tested bull will facilitate faster multiplication of elite germplasm and help us face the challenges of increasing demand of milk.
Dr. Srivastava further emphasized that there is an acute shortage of outstanding bulls and the technology of hand guided cloning can decrease this gap and help supply the elite bulls in the shortest possible time.
(Source: NDRI, Karnal)