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Chinese tapping Rockhampton embryologist's IVF skills

Simon Walton with the original of the Brangus Heifer which has been successfully cloned with that embryo now growing in a recipient heifer. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Simon Walton with the original of the Brangus Heifer which has been successfully cloned with that embryo now growing in a recipient heifer. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

CHINESE dairy farmers have embraced cattle IVF technology developed by Simon Walton in a bid to grow their herds.

Now there is a chance the country's residents will call on the embryologist's extensive experience in human IVF to help grow their families.

Mr Walton is general manager of Mt Chalmers- based Australian Reproductive Technologies, which recently entered into a 10-year, $40million joint venture with the Shanghai Dairy Group.

The cattle IVF program will have the number of milking cows grow from 60,000 to 230,000 in the next five years.

Mr Walton said that since his company had established a foothold in China, he had fielded some inquiries about human IVF after China moved to loosen its one-child policy.

Tubal ligation was often used to sterilise women after they had their first child.

Mr Walton said the procedure was generally irreversible and the only chance of having another child was through IVF.

Mr Walton has 25 years' experience in in vitro fertilisation.

He started his work in human IVF with the highly regarded Genea IVF clinic in Sydney.

He did a range of consultancy work across the globe and was instrumental in the establishment of a fertility clinic in Muscat, Oman.

Mr Walton then moved into cattle reproduction, his ultimate passion.

At the end of the month, he will meet with the government of Botswana to discuss the prospect of that country adopting the successful cattle IVF program.

Topics:  cattle dairy farmers ivf mt chalmers



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