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Buffalo news : official newsletter of the Australian Buffalo Industry Council



Buffalo news : official newsletter of the Australian Buffalo Industry Council


Australian Buffalo Industry Council


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Vol 6 No 1 - April 2006

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Yambuk buff first off the mark in Victorian AI research Buffalo at Roger Haldanes Shaw River dairy operation in Victoria were artificially inseminated in March as part of the ongoing RIRDC research project. The 20 head of mostly-Italian heifers, all of 400-600 kg liveweight, received a single insemination under the same protocol used at Beatrice Hill in the NT. We engaged a local veterinary officer to give the injections over 10 days, and a highly experienced local dairy inseminator was brought in to do buffalo for the first time. He completed 20 head in an impressive 70 minutes. We used a mixture of new Italian imported semen with some from Bill in the Territory. The reaction to the protocol appeared to be very positive but a pregnancy test at two months will be required to confirm the results. Weve also had another AI attempt at Beatrice Hill during April, using a new operator, Alf Turner who has a good name for this type of work. After the apparent success of the Victorian round, we persisted with a large proportion of the same heifers used in the previous round in November. The most recent round in April involved 15 heifers and four cows. All the cows responded well but some of the heifers still appeared not to be on heat. The main problem is in getting the pipette through the cervix so it can be deposited into the uterus. We also trialled a second procedure, using intra-vaginal hormone-releasing devices called Cue-mates, in six cows. The device releases progesterone from a plasticlike compound and makes the cows think they are pregnant. When the device is removed the animals think they are not pregnant and immediately come on heat. They can then be inseminated for a set period after the devices are removed. One problem with this procedure was that two of the six cows spat out the devices, one of them early and the other quite late into the eight days. All that retained the devices, and the one that kept it till late in the eight day period, showed good signs of being on heat but, again, well have to wait for five weeks before we can check them with utrasound. Photo Buffalo News We welcome contributions on any issue or activity relating to Australias buffalo industry. Stories and/or photos can be sent to, or discussed with: KERRY SHARP - EDITOR PO Box 2227 Parap NT 0804 Phone: 0419 845 714 Email: sharp@octa4.net.au Buffalo News is funded by TOP: Some of the Yambuk buffalo used in the first Victorian AI round. ABOVE: Part of the facilities at Roger Haldanes Shaw River Cheese Factory. Buffalo researcher Barry Lemcke reports on the latest AI work Two Riverine Male Buffalo for Sale FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT MICHAEL SWART PHONE (08) 8947 1661 For Sale

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