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Colonial Stock-Breeding (Artificial Insemination)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 6 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is recommending artificial insemination of cattle on the lines adopted in Denmark and America to all Colonies where the importation of pure bred sires is restricted owing to war conditions; and whether any Government subsidies are given for this purpose?

Artificial insemination has been practised for some years in Kenya and experiments are still being conducted in that Colony with a view to extending operations over wider areas than are at present possible under existing climatic conditions. Sir Frank Stockdale has proposed that artificial insemination should be undertaken in certain of the West Indian Colonies in order that the improvement of stock, particularly dairy herds, may be accelerated. So far as is known, no subsidies are given for artificial insemination, but facilities are provided by the Government in Kenya where the work is carried out by the veterinary staff.