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    ABSTRACT: Consistent estimates of boar fertility potential from objective semen evaluation could be a valuable tool for boar selection. The objective of this study was to evaluate semen characteristics of Kolbroek and Large White boars following computer aided sperm analysis® (CASA). Eight ejaculates were collected separately from individual Kolbroek (n = 4) and Large White (n = 4) boars using the gloved-hand technique. Following semen collection, semen was evaluated for macroscopic and microscopic characteristics. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to test the differences between the breeds (P<0.05). The bodyweight of Kolbroek (154.7 ± 8.5) was significantly lower compared to Large White (189.9 ± 7.7) boar. There was also a positive correlation between bodyweight and semen volume of both Kolbroek (r = 0.2197) and Large White (r = 0.2577) boar. However, no significant differences were observed in Kolbroek and Large White boar semen volume (140 and 170 ml), sperm concentration (0.727 and 0.761 × 109 sperm cell/ml), pH (7.0 and 7.0), total motility (95 and 91%) and morphology (84 and 82%). In conclusion, the bodyweight of Kolbroek and Large White boar was positively correlated with ejaculated semen volume. Sperm characteristics of both Kolbroek and Large White boar were similar. Sperm class analyser® provided a precise and more objective information of sperm motility characteristics. Key words: Sperm, Large White, Kolbroek, motility rate, boar
    AFRICAN JOURNAL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY 10/2011; 10(64):14223. · 0.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The choice of the short-term extender is important to preserve the quality of the diluted South African indigenous Kolbroek boar semen during short-term storage prior to artificial insemination. The aim of this study was to identify the suitable extender for short-term storage of Kolbroek boar semen at 17°C. Five ejaculates were collected separately from five Kolbroek boars using the gloved-hand technique in a 300-mL glass beaker. The filtered sperm fraction were sealed with a gauze filter inside a prewarmed (39°C) insulated thermos flask. Following semen collection, the semen was evaluated for macroscopic characteristics; semen volume, pH, and concentration. Sperm cells morphology was evaluated using eosin-nigrosin staining solution using fluorescent microscope system. Only ejaculates with >75% motile sperm and <15 abnormalities were used. The semen was pooled and diluted with five different short-term extenders, namely: Beltsville Thawing Solution (BTS), Kobidil(+), Hungarian Standard, Citrate, and Tris-based extenders at a ratio of 1:1 (v/v). Sperm cells motility parameters were evaluated using a sperm class analyzer (SCA) at 0, 3, 24, and 48h intervals. The data were analysed by SPSS. The results demonstrated that sperm cell motility rate did not differ when stored at 0 (88.9±8.3) and 3 (93.8±4.4)h irrespective of extender. However, semen that was diluted with Hungarian extender and Tris-based extender maintained higher proportion of sperm cells motility (90.0±2.5 and 87.8±4.8, respectively) for a longer period during storage for 24h as compared with the other extenders. In conclusion, the study demonstrated that prolonged storage of boar sperm cells reduces motility rates. However; Hungarian Standard and Tris-based extenders preserved sperm motility rate better than the other extenders when stored up to 48h at 17°C. Thus, this study suggests that Kolbroek sperm cells can be transported within 24 to 48h in South African regions without adversely affecting motility rates when diluted with Hungarian Standard and Tris-based extender at 17°C without cryopreserving them.
    Reproduction Fertility and Development 01/2011; 23(1):144. · 2.58 Impact Factor