Egypt and Brazil Meet to Discuss Crossbreeding

EGYPT - Brazilian representatives of the Zebu cattle breed, are visting Egypt to discuss crossbreeding the Brazilian Zebu with the Egyptian Baladi.
calendar icon 19 October 2009
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The team visiting the University of Aelexandria, compromises of the Brazilian Zebu Cattle Association (ABCZ), Gerson Simão, the organization’s Foreign Relations assistant, Guilherme Soares, and the director of company Agroexport, Alexandre Cunha.

In 2007, a sanitary protocol was signed by the two governments allowing Brazil to export semen, embryos and livestock to Egypt, reports The Brazil-Arab News Agency . In that same year, companies affiliated with the Brazilian Cattle Genetics export consortium donated a technological pack – including semen and embryos – to Egypt.

"ABCZ is doing promotion work for the affiliated companies of Zebu races, because the Egyptian market is an interesting market not only to genetics companies, but also to companies that operate with veterinary products, pasture seeds and livestock for breeding and slaughter,” says the Foreign Relations supervisor of ABCZ, Jorge Dias.

The association made its initial contacts with Agrarian Science Professors at the University of Alexandria when said Professors visited ExpoZebu, one of the largest agricultural trade fairs, in 2006 says The Brazil-Arab News Agency. Now, ABCZ is expecting to attract the interest of Egyptian breeders to the crossbreeding between Brazilian Zebu cattle and animals of the Baladi race, which is suited for meat and milk production. Brazilian slaughterhouse Minerva has already sold live cattle to the Arab country.

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