The Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) and Sanyati beef production project which kick started in August last year has started to bear fruits, farmers have said.
The project, which saw the two parties partnering in trying to improve beef production in the country through Artificial Insemination (AI), has seen the bulk of the cattle that went through the three stages of phase one of the project testing positive to pregnancy.
The project is run by ZOU in conjunction with Sanyati farmers and Doctor Calvin Gomo from Chinhoyi University of Technology, an expert in AI.
Three months after the Thuli bull semen insemination to close to 40 cows, the team of experts visited the project last week to access the situation with results revealing that close to 75 percent of the cows that went through the process are now engulfed.
Sanyati farmer, Mr Masukume had 12 cows that went through the process, and nine of them tested positive upon testing.
Speaking at his farm , Mr Masukume said the partnership with ZOU had came at the rightful time as farmers had long thought about the Artificial Insemination route to deal with cattle inbreeding but the price of embarking on the process was the major stumbling block.
“I, at one time, tried to do this on my own, but I was told inseminating one cow was $500, so how many cattle can you do, but this programme came at the rightful time and the prices are favourable. At this price, you can do as many cows as you wanted.”
The good thing with ZOU is that all those cows that would have tested negative to pregnancy would be taken back through the same process on the next phase of the project at no cost.
Most of the farmers recorded 75 percent and above in terms of percentage with the total percentage of the whole project also standing at above 75 percent.
Farmers await the first batch of the calves’ deliveries.
After many cows tested positive, the project moved to its second phase, were a number of cows were initiated to the first stage of AI which will take 10 to 11 days before they are made ready for AI in 72 hours.