China claims it has cloned three mutated SUPER COWS capable of pumping 300 tons of milk and is planning a herd of 1,000
CHINA claims to have cloned mutated “super cows” that can pump almost twice as much milk.
Beijing inventors boast of having created three cows that can produce 18 tons of milk a year – that’s 17,500 liters or 37,000 pints.
The three “super cows” alone could therefore produce 300 tons of milk per year.
And that milk yield, at around 8,000 liters or 14,000 pints, is more than double that of the average cow in the UK.
Chinese state media report that the breeding program has a “stranglehold” on having to import cows from overseas.
The calves were cloned from cows from different farms with high milk production.
And they also selected cows with high fertility – with China dreaming of building a herd of 1,000 of these “supercows”.
Jin Yaping, the scientist’s lead project, said they took tissue from the cows’ ears to “revive” them.
They then transplanted the cloned embryos into 120 cows, according to Northwest A&F University.
About 42 percent were successfully fertilized and 17.5 percent remained fertile for 200 days.
The births of the three cloned cows were announced this week.
Jin said, “Using cloning technology alone will not have any economic significance, and the combination of tapping into reproductive technology and using low-productivity cows as surrogate cows enabled us to reproduce 20 more offspring compared to using cloning for a certain period of time.”
The scientist said they will salvage tissue from “super cows” to clone more of them and produce their dream herd.
China currently has 6.6 million cows – but relies on overseas purchases for 70 percent.
The herd of 1,000 cows could produce 1,800 tons of milk for China every year.
It comes after the nation’s Communist Party previously unveiled a gigantic pig skyscraper housing 650,000 animals.
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