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Research article2010Peer reviewed

Effect on Field Fertility of Addition of Gelatine, Different Dilution Rates and Storage Times of Cooled Ram Semen After Vaginal Insemination

Paulenz, Heiko; Ådnøy, Tormod; Fossen, Ove Harald; Söderquist, Lennart


In a field trial, 633 ewes from 24 farms were inseminated vaginally using liquid semen (150 x 106 per dose) collected from 15 rams. The semen was either diluted with a milk-based extender (M), filled in 0.2 ml straws and stored for 12 or 24 h (M12, M24) or diluted with M but with the addition of gelatine, filled in 0.5 ml straws and stored for 12 or 24 h (G12, G24). The hypothesis was that a larger volume and the addition of gelatine would prolong the survival of the spermatozoa. The ewes, aged between 6 months and 5.5 years, were allocated into four groups and inseminated after natural oestrus by the farmers themselves with a dose of 150 x 106 spermatozoa. Inseminations in the groups (M12, M24, G12, G24) resulted in lambing rates of 69.6%, 63.6%, 69.4% and 58.3% (overall 65.2%), respectively. Farmer (p < .0002) had a significant effect on the lambing rate, while ram, age of the ewe and dilution rate/addition of gelatine/storage time had not. A pair-wise comparison of the lambing rates between the four groups showed that significant lower results were only achieved for G24 compared with M12. None of the other comparisons showed significant differences. In conclusion, a higher dilution rate of the AI-dose together with the addition of gelatine to the semen extender did not lead to improved fertility results after storage for 24 h when compared with standard AI-doses used in Norway.

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Reproduction in Domestic Animals
2010, Volume: 45, number: 4, pages: 706-710

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    Veterinary Science
    Animal and Dairy Science

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