Successful birth of piglets “Rani C-I” through non-surgical embryo transfer has been achieved for the first time in the country at National Research Centre on Pig, Guwahati. The in-vivo derived embryos were transferred to the synchronized recipient using a deep intra-uterine transfer catheter without sedation. The recipient Ghungroo (indigenous pig) gilt gave birth to 11 piglets recently. Out of 11 piglets born, seven are growing healthy in the Institute pig breeding farm, two were stillborn and two piglets died few days after birth.
The encouraging result reveals that the use of this cost effective technology will be helpful for multiplication and propagation of endangered indigenous pig germplasm and conservation of critically endangered species like pygmy hog (Porcula salvania) with the additional standardization for cryopreservation of embryos.
The present work is being funded by National Fund for Basic, Strategic and Frontier Application Research in Agriculture under Indian Council of Agricultural Research. The elated project team at National Research Centre on Pig, Guwahati (collaborating centre) and Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar (lead centre) acknowledges guidance of Prof. B. C. Sarmah, College of Veterinary Science, Guwahati, and support received from Dr. A. Das and Dr. D. K. Sarma, past and present directors of the National Research Centre on Pig respectively.
(Source: NRC on Pig, Guwahati)