Embryo Transfer Becoming More Popular with Producers
by: Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS
Embryo transfer in cattle has recently gained considerable popularity with seedstock dairy and beef producers. While most modern applicable embryo transfer technology was developed in the 1970s and 1980s, the history of the procedure goes back considerably farther. Walter Heape performed the first embryo transfer in Angora rabbits in 1890. Embryo transfer in food animals began in the 1930s with sheep and goats, but it was not until the 1950s that successful embryo transfers were reported in cattle and pigs by Jim Rowson at Cambridge, England.