China’s cloned “super cows” can produce 1 lakh litres of milk

China's cloned "super cows" can produce 1 lakh litres of milk

Chinese scientists are said to have cloned cows with extraordinarily high milk production rates; we’re talking 100,000 litres of milk per cow per year.

Details about China’s cloned “super cows” can produce 1 lakh litres of milk

Three cloned calves from “super cows” were created last month in Lingwu city in the Ningxia area just in time for the Chinese New Year, according to state-affiliated media.

The prospective development was made possible through a method of selective breeding known as somatic cell nuclear transfer, and it is anticipated to increase milk production in China, where these super cows are said to be capable of producing roughly 18,000 litres of milk annually.

According to the Department of Food and Rural Affairs, a “typical” cow in the UK produced roughly 8,206 litres of milk in 2021.

According to specialists, just five of China’s 10,000 common bovine varieties can equal a super cow’s 1 lakh litre capacity.

Super cows have been “reincarnated,” according to project leader and Northwest A&F University professor Jin Yaping, to increase China’s domestic milk production.

An initial batch of 120 cloned embryos were made using cow ear tissue, and 42% of those embryos were able to successfully conceive surrogate cows. According to the Global Times, 17.5% of these cloned cows were still pregnant after 200 days.

According to Yaping, it will take two to three years to create a herd with more than 1,000 super cows. China has risen to become the third-largest producer of milk in the world due to a sharp increase in its hunger for dairy products. However, the nation depends largely on Europe to provide at least 30% of its local milk needs.

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