With the birth of first IVF calf of a Buffalo breed namely Banni in the country, India’s OPU – IVF work has reached to next level. This first IVF Banni calf is born out of 6 Banni IVF pregnancies established at the doorsteps of a farmer, Vinay . L. Wala of Sushila Agro farms, located at Dhanej in Somnath district of Gujarat.
About Banni Breed
- Banni breed of buffalo is found primarily in the Kutch region of Gujarat.
- IVC process was carried out in a bid to enhance the number of genetically superior buffaloes for increasing the milk production.
- Banni buffalo, belonging to a dairy farmer, from Dhanej village gave birth to IVF male calf.
About the Process
- Embryos of Banni donors were implanted in 18 recipient buffaloes using the IVF technology.
- Banni breed had achieved six pregnancies, out of which one calf was born, at the farmer’s firm. More will be born in few days.
- This process was carried out by JKBovagenix of NGO JK Trust which is a social initiative of Raymond Group.
Back to Basics
About Banni buffalo
- Banni buffalo are also known as “Kutchi” or “Kundi”. This breed of buffalo is found primarily in Kutch district of Gujarat.
- The word ‘Banni’ is specific to not only the buffaloes but pasture grass species as well, that are native to this region.
- This breed of buffaloes is preserved by a local community of Kutch called the ‘Maldharis’.
- An average Banni buffalo yields about 12 to 18 litres of milk every day. Thus, they are known for their higher milk producing capacity as well as resilience in an arid environment. They have a different genetic makeup as compared to more common breeds, allowing for longer lactation periods & high milk production potentials.
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