IN VITRO AFRICA
In Vitro Africa (IVA) was established in 2011 in Stellenbosch near Cape Town, South Africa. The head office has in the meantime been moved to Parys in the Free State Province.
Commercial operations are performed in Parys, Free State as well as Stellenbosch, Western Cape. Both the Parys and Stellenbosch facilities are certified centres for the export of bovine embryos and semen.
In Vitro Africa's main mission is to create, through the use of technology, the necessary conditions for sustainable economic and social development of commercial South African farmers as well as rural communities in Southern Africa undergoing restructuring.
Collecting, transferring, freezing and storage of embryos
IVA is fully equipped to do either on-farm or in-centre flushing and processing of cattle embryos (conventional technique). This process is called in vivo embryo transfer.
In Vitro production of embryos
In Vitro Embryo Production (IVEP) is the process by which oocytes that are harvested from a cow are introduced to sperm harvested from a bull, in a controlled environment (laboratory).
Cryopreservation of embryos
Embryos are preferably transferred directly after culture or flushing, but the excess embryos may be vitrified or frozen and stored for transfer and implantation at a later stage.