Progress being made in assisted reproduction techniques for ostriches

The long term objective to breed ostriches according to scientific principles and to provide expertise to the local industry on the subject has been given a boost thanks to research by Dr Marna Smith. She has established a protocol by which to cool ostrich semen successfully for up to two days, or to store it indefinitely after freezing until it is required for the artificial insemination of female birds.

Nortier Research Farm

Situated near Lamberts bay, The Nortier Research Farm serves the North West region (from Bitterfontein in the north to Elands Bay and Citrusdal in the south) of the Western Cape. Research projects underway at the farm contribute to the knowledge of extensive livestock production, with research into veld management and animal production.

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