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Home>News Articles>Agricultural News in Asia in 2015>Training Course on Reproductive Technologies for Dairy Herd Improvement Set in July
 June 03 2015

Dairy milking cows are no longer as productive as they used to be. Heat stress, due to global warming, has affected many milking cows’ ability to conceive, resulting in low milk production. Countries in the Asia-Pacific region are confronted with the same milk production challenges, resulting in negative impact on milk production in the human food chain. Therefore, improvement of milking cows under heat stress is an urgent task for many agricultural institutes which support the plight of the small dairy farmers.  Science, however, has played a crucial role in helping solve this problem. Genomics, ovum pick-up (OPU) from live cows, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer (ET) and a combination of technologies have been proven helpful in taking cows to the next level of genetic improvement.

FFTC, together with the Philippine Council for Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) is now organizing a training course on “Dairy Herd Improvement by the Use of Reproductive Biotechnology.” To be held on July 13-22 at the Philippine Carabao Center at the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, the said training course aims to provide a forum for experts, practitioners, scholars and trainees in the region to share precious experiences on the most up-to-date biotechnology in the world. It also wishes to share valuable information to country partners on genetic improvement of dairy cows.

Well renowned animal scientists will be delivering talks during the plenary hall. Dr. Libertado C. Cruz, Executive Director of PCC, will deliver a speech on “The Role of Reproductive Biotechnology in Addressing Food Sufficiency and Climate Change.” Dr. Rangsun Parnpai, Professor at Suranaree University of Technology in Thailand will talk about “State of the Art of Reproductive Biotechnology in Buffaloes,” Dr. Mingche Wu, Division Chief of the Genetics and Breeding Division, Taiwan Livestock and Research Institute (TLRI) will talk about “Top Reproductive Performance of Dairy Cattle in Tropical Climate with Assisted Technology”, while Dr. Bui Xuan Nguyen of the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology will talk about “The Economic Value of Assisted Reproduction Biotechnology to Ruminant Industries”

For 10 days, the trainees will undergo a combination of theoretical and practical lessons on reproductive biotechnology including laboratory exercises at the PCC. There will be lectures and laboratory exercises on topics like basics of Ovum Pick Up for in vitro embryo production, cryopreservation of oocytes, early pregnancy diagnosis by ultrasonography, etc.

Around 17 trainees and eight speakers coming from 11 countries (Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Ecuador, Pakistan, Indonesia, Lao PDR and Malaysia) are expected to attend the said training course.