First Romosinuano Calf: Its a girl!
By Jill Lee
January 23, 1997
Juliet, a 72-pound Romosinuano calf, was born sometime around midnight at
the Subtropical Agricultural
Research Station at Brooksville, Fla. The station is part of
Agricultural Research Service.
This little calf has a big future: Her breed offers Southeastern beef
producers a new genetic source of greater fertility, more tender meat, stronger
pest resistance and improved livestock temperament. Juliets biological
parents from Venezuela are father JCT Pate Palo and mother JCT San Luis La
Juliets birth is the result of five years of scientific collaboration
between U.S. and Venezuelan researchers. She developed from an embryo brought
into the United States from Venezuela--one of the first bovine embryos allowed
here from a country where foot-and-mouth disease still exists.
To ensure a successful, disease-free embryo transfer, USDA scientists and
veterinarians teamed up with livestock breeding and genetics experts at the
Central University of Venezuela at
Both Juliet and her surrogate mother, a Senepol cow, are doing
fine. Pictures of Juliet and other baby Romosinuanos will be available soon.
Scientific contact: Chad Chase, USDA-ARS Subtropical Agricultural
Research Station, Brooksville, Fla., phone (352) 796-3385