Genetic Improvement in Livestock in Panama

Along with Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela, the country is one of the largest purchasers of semen of the zebu breed from Brazil.

Friday, September 23, 2011

In order to diversify production farmers are buying sperm belonging to the zebu breed, which produces dairy and dual purpose (meat and milk).

In the opinion of Euclides Diaz, from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (Anagen), insemination has been a valuable tool for producers which improves quality and increase the productivity of their animals.

"In the first eight months of the year 47,586 doses of Zebu cattle semen have come into the country from the United States, Brazil, Canada, Chile and France.

Brazil has brought 13,603 doses of semen from these breeds, among which are gyr, ambulatory and gyr dairy", reported

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