BIOTEC-NSTDA participates in 2014 National Dairy Fair

The 2014 National Dairy Fair was organized during 17-22 January 2014 at Muak Lek District, Saraburi Province, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the opening ceremony on the 17th. BIOTEC and NSTDA regularly participate in this fair to bring latest research information to dairy industry.  This year, the following work was presented:

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Embryo cryopreservation using in-straw vitrification: With this technology, frozen embryo can be warmed up easily in only one process for direct embryo transferin the fieldwork. The technology is simple, can be performed by one technician and does not require sophisticated equipment, This work was developed by Agricultural Biotechnology Reseach Unit and Suranaree University of Technology.

Molecular diversity of rumen bacterial communities: In this study, 454/Roche pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA gene tags is used to study the diversity, analyze and compare the microbial population naturally present in cattles fed with different feeds. The result provides fundamental knowledge for researchers to further improve digestibility of farm animals, which will reduce the use of drugs and hormones. This study is a collaboration between Bioresources Technology Unit, Genome Institute and Khon Kaen University.

Production of silage from forage cane: BIOTEC researchers from Food Biotechnology Research Unit and Agricultural Biotechnology Reseach Unit jointly developed the starter cultures technology to produce silage from forage cane in a plastic bag. The silage can be kept for three months, allowing dairy farmers to stockpile feed into dry season.

Genetic study of Thai dairy breeds: The SNP database is used to identify the influence of genetics on economic traits. The study is a collaboration between NSTDA, Kasetsart University and Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand.

Economic impact of applying in dairy farm: This study quantifies economic return of ovulation synchronization and timed artificial insemination (timed-AI) used in dairy farm. It demonstrates that the technology makes a significant improvement in the reproduction management of dairy farm and results in increasing profit. The study was conducted by Agricultural Biotechnology Reseach Unit and Zoetis (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

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National Dairy Fair is an annual event organized by Dairy Farming Promotion Organization of Thailand (DPO). Participating in the Fair are dairy farm industries, private sectors and government agencies such as the Royal Chitralada Agricultural Projects, the Department of Livestock Development, the Department of Agriculture and Kasetsart University. Activities include milk collection and processing lectures, milking machine maintenance, forage crop products, special seminars, agricultural educational tours and dairy cow contest.

Posted on 24 January 2014