A joint program between the U.S. Embassy, the National Livestock Breeding Center (NLBC), and the Regional Livestock Services Training Center in Nepalgunj, Banke provided training to 13 new Artificial Insemination Technicians from Dang and Surkhet Districts, August 4-15.
Upon completion of the training, the U.S. Embassy donated artificial insemination equipment to the District Livestock Offices. The equipment will allow the new trainees to immediately begin practicing their new skill under the guidance of the District Livestock Office. Liquid nitrogen storage containers were also provided to both Dang and Surkhet District Livestock Offices to increase their ability to supply the AI Technicians with liquid nitrogen. In all, $19,275 worth of medicines and equipment were provided by the U.S. Embassy for this veterinary seminar.
According to a press release of Public Affairs Section of Embassy of The United States, the U.S. Embassy will also provide the NLBC with 150 doses of sexed Jersey semen using top producing sires from the United States. This sexed semen guarantees the birth of female calves at a greater than 90% rate. This will increase the proportion of female to male calves within selected herds, ultimately increasing the milk yields and profitability for individual farmers.