China made 3 clones of ‘Super Cow’, gives 100 tons of milk, and will produce 1000 more such cows
China has claimed that its scientists have successfully cloned ‘Super Cow’ and succeeded in giving birth to 3 calves. Super Cows can produce a lot more milk than normal cows. It has been claimed in the report of the Chinese media that due to super cows, China will be able to become the world’s leading country in milk production. It has been claimed in the government media there that after the successful cloning of super cows, China’s dairy industry will not need to import advanced breeds of cows from abroad.
Chinese scientists have successfully cloned 3 ‘super cows’ that can produce unusually high amounts of milk. China’s state media has described this achievement of scientists as revolutionary for the country’s dairy industry. According to local media reports, the successful cloning of super cows will reduce China’s dependence on imported breeds. Scientists at the Northwest University of Agricultural and Forestry Science and Technology successfully cloned three calves of the Super Cow on January 23, the week before the Lunar New Year. (AFP file photo)
All three calves were cloned from Holstein Friesian breed cows, which is a breed found in the Netherlands. Cows of the Holstein Friesian breed are considered highly milk producers. A cow of this breed is capable of producing 18 tonnes of milk per year or 100 tonnes of milk in its lifetime. According to the US Department of Agriculture, this figure is approximately 1.7 times the average amount of milk a cow will produce per day in the USA in 2021. (AFP file photo)
An official in Ningjia’s Wulin city told the state-run Technology Daily that the first of the cloned calves were born by Caesarean section on December 30, at a whopping 56.7 kg (120 lb). According to Technology Daily, scientists created 120 cloned embryos from the ear cells of highly milk-producing cows and placed them in the womb of surrogate cows. (AFP file photo)
China’s state media Global Times quoted the chief scientist of this project, Jin Yaping, as saying the successful cloning of ‘super cows’ is a big one. This is a big step in the direction of including China in the world’s leading countries in the field of milk production. The success of this project allows China to preserve a very good breed of cows, which will also be economically viable. (AFP file photo)
Jin Yaping told the Global Times that only 5 out of 10,000 cows in China can produce 100 tonnes of milk in their lifetime, making them a valuable resource for breeding. But some high milk-producing cows are not identified till the end of their life, which makes them difficult to rear. According to the Global Times, 70% of China’s milk cows are imported from abroad. (AFP file photo)
Jin Yaping, the chief scientist of the Super Cow Project, told the Global Times, ‘We are focusing on breeding more than 1,000 super cows as a solid foundation to deal with the issue of China’s dependence on foreign cows. This will take two to three years. China has made significant progress in animal cloning in recent years. Last year, an animal cloning company in China created the world’s first cloned arctic wolf. (AFP file photo)