30 April 2024

The future sustainability of Norfolk Island’s cattle population is receiving a significant boost through Regional Development Australia (RDA) Mid North Coast and Norfolk Island’s new Embryo Transplant and Intensive Artificial Insemination program.

Supported by the Australian Government and Norfolk Island Regional Council, the assisted artificial reproduction program will introduce much-needed new genetics into the existing herd through embryo transplants, while improving artificial insemination techniques on the island.

The program was designed in partnership with the Norfolk Island Cattle Association to directly address some of the key challenges faced by the Norfolk Island cattle herd. It is scheduled to commence in May 2024.

The Albanese Government acknowledges the impact of reduced genetics on the agriculture industry on-island and is committed to supporting the long-term health of Norfolk’s cattle.

Quotes attributable to Federal Minister for Territories, Kristy McBain MP:

“Cattle have long been of great importance to the Norfolk Island community, not only for its food security and economy, but also as a significant part of Norfolk Islanders’ cultural identity and heritage.

“This is something we need to safeguard, which is why we’re providing the RDA with $50,000 towards this critical program, which will improve the genetic diversity of Norfolk Island’s cattle and have lasting benefits in the community.

“I’d like to thank the RDA, industry and community representatives for working together to progress practical solutions to improve the health of the cattle population on Norfolk Island.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Bean, David Smith MP:

“The RDA’s Embryo Transplant and Intensive Artificial Insemination program is a real opportunity to improve the health and future of Norfolk Island’s iconic cattle population and all it contributes to the island community, and I thank everyone involved in getting this project up and running.”