n Farmer’s Weekly - Assisted reproduction techniques for ostriches : farming for tomorrow

Volume 2016, Issue 16026
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



A project aimed at furthering scientific ostrich breeding is showing impressive progress, thanks to the work of Stellenbosch University (SU) researcher Dr Marna Smith. The project involves students and staff at the university as well as members of the Western Cape department of agriculture. As part of her PhD in animal sciences from SU, Smith has established a protocol by which ostrich semen can be cooled successfully for up to two days, or stored indefinitely after freezing, until required for the AI of female birds. Further refinement of the protocol will lead to improved assisted reproduction techniques, according to a statement released by the university.

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