Following Drop in 2011, Genetics Investment Trend Continues21 December 2012
ROMANIA - After 2011 saw bovine semen imports half, figures are resuming their upwards trend in 2012 as the livestock sector continue to associate profit with genetic investments.
Bovine semen imports reached a value of USD 753,000 almost (300,000 doses) in 2010 after consecutive annual increases from 2007. This is despite a recent decline in dairy farming. Switzerland is the main semen supplier with Canada and Belgium also responsible for large quantities this year, according to a United States Department of Agirculture GAIN report.
The USA ranks fifth in foreign suppliers with USD 30,000 worth of doses for the first 8 months of 2012. The GAIN report links activity with Romanian farmers visiting the US and developing a knowledge of US genetics and understanding the quality available.
Samples are taken by the The Romanian Veterinary Auhtority upon arrival and tested for certain diseases like Brucellosis. This is mandatory despite all material being certified as disease free. Measures have relaxed slightly to just analysing samples from ‘new to market’ bulls. This step was made in September and has facilitated in the circulation of high quality genetics to Romanian farms.
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