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Vermont Bovine Trade Mission Visits Uruguay

Possibilities for exporting bovine and equine embryos and live Morgan horses explored

Posted: April 27, 2005


Estancia "Las Rosas", from left to right: Ricardo Romero, Sergio Kmaid, Roy Homan, John Anson, and Jairo Blanco
From April 14 to 17, 2005, the APHIS International Services office of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo , organized a Trade Mission from Vermont State. Dr Jairo Blanco, advisor to the Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, and Dr. Roy Homan, embryo transfer expert, visited Uruguay to promote the bovine (Holstein and Jersey) and Equine (Morgan) genetics to the Uruguayan producers, and to explore the possibilities for exporting bovine and equine embryos as well as live Morgan horses for breeding purposes.

APHIS's Theresa Boyle and Ricardo Romero organized meetings with Uruguay Animal Health officials from the Ministry of Livestock Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP), with the Uruguayan Chamber of Semen and Embryo Importers, and with the Rural Association of Uruguay, including the Holstein, Jersey, Quarter Mile and Creole breeding associations.

On April 16, 2005, the trade mission visited the Estancia (ranch) "Las Rosas” in Florida, approximately 90 miles north of Montevideo (www.lasrosas.com.uy). The ranch breeds Hereford, Jersey and Holland cattle in addition to Arab and Creole horses. Vermont’s representatives were very impressed with the high standard of the embryo transfer lab at the ranch, and expressed their interest on developing a joint venture with farmers in Uruguay to introduce their genetics and the Morgan horse breed via this country and eventually re-export to other Latin-American countries.

 

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