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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2011

Fertility Results after Vaginal Deposition of Frozen-Thawed Buck Semen Diluted with Two Different Extenders Using One- or Two-Step Procedures

Nordstoga, AB; Söderquist, Lennart; Ådnoy, T; Paulenz, H


In two field trials (T1 and T2), the effect of two different extenders for buck semen was tested. Semen from six (T1) and seven (T2) bucks of the Norwegian Dairy Goat breed was diluted either in a milk-based extender containing egg yolk (M) or in a commercially available extender without egg yolk [Andromed (R) (A)]. Dilution in M was performed in a two-step procedure including centrifugation of the ejaculates and removal of the supernatant, while dilution in A was performed in one step. During the two trials (T1 and T2) 514 and 714, does, respectively, were artificially inseminated during natural oestrus, and the farmers performed the inseminations themselves after attending an artificial insemination (AI) training course. Vaginal insemination with 200 x 106 spermatozoa diluted in M resulted in a 25-day non-return rate (NRR) and kidding rate of 37.3% and 24.5%, respectively, while semen diluted in A resulted in 31.7% NRR and a kidding rate of 19.8% (T1). In T2, NRR and kidding rate for AI performed with semen diluted with M were 42.7% and 28.5%, respectively, while dilution in A gave 37.2% NRR and a kidding rate of 26.8%. There was no significant effect of extender in the two trials [T1:p = 0.068 (NRR), p = 0.148 (kidding rate), T2:p = 0.096 (NRR), p = 0.38 (kidding rate)], but farmer had a significant effect on the fertility parameters in both trials. In conclusion, the present studies may indicate that Andromed (R) is suitable for buck semen. However, more research is necessary to confirm the results and to improve the fertility of does after vaginal AI with frozen-thawed semen.

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Reproduction in Domestic Animals
2011, Volume: 46, number: 1, pages: 82-86

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    Animal and Dairy Science
    Veterinary Science

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