[8 December/ Stuff]

Engender has announced that it would be seeking $20 million in order to commercialise its technology which would allow farmers to select the sex of their calves. Engender has pioneered new techniques to sex semen, using high-tech microfluidic and photonic chips that sorted sperm by sex. One of the likely benefits would be that farmers could decide not to have unwanted bobby calves. The dairy industry was under pressure from animal rights groups to reduce the quantity of bobby calves, as 1.69 million had been slaughtered at just a few days old this year.