Type

Journal Article

Authors

Seán Fair
Patrick Lonergan
Ciara O'Meara
Bernard Eivers
Edel M Murphy

Subjects

Veterinary

Topics
liquid semen calving rate temperature effect sperm storage artificial insemination sperm concentration bovine storage temperature

Effect of storage temperature, nitrogen gassing and sperm concentration on the in vitro semen quality and in vivo fertility of liquid bull semen stored in INRA96 (2018)

Abstract The full text of this article will not be available in ULIR until the embargo expires on the 7/12/2018 The aim of this study was to assess the effect of storage temperature, nitrogen (N2) gassing and sperm concentration on in vitro characteristics and calving rate (CR) following artificial insemination (AI) of liquid bull semen stored in INRA96. In Experiment 1 the effect of liquid bull semen diluted in either N2 bubbled or non-bubbled INRA96 at a concentration of 5 × 106 sperm per 0.25 mL insemination dose and stored at 5 or 15 °C was assessed subjectively for total and progressive motility on Days 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 post collection. In Experiment 2a, the effect of stored liquid semen at three sperm concentrations (3, 4 or 5 × 106 sperm per 0.25 mL insemination dose) on total and progressive motility was assessed subjectively on Days 0, 1 and 2 post collection. In Experiment 2b, the field fertility of liquid semen stored at ambient temperature at a concentration of 3, 4 or 5 × 106 sperm per 0.25 mL dose and inseminated on Days 1 or 2 post collection was assessed in comparison to frozen-thawed semen (total of n = 5742). In Experiment 1, total and progressive motility decreased with increased duration of storage (P < 0.01); however, there was no effect of N2 bubbling on motility on Days 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 of storage. There was an effect of temperature on total and progressive motility, regardless of treatment, as semen stored at 15°C recorded higher motility values than semen stored at 5°C (P < 0.01). In Experiment 2a, there was no effect of sperm concentration on total or progressive motility on Days 0, 1 or 2 of storage. There was a linear decrease in motility with increased duration of storage (P < 0.01); however, there was no sperm concentration by day interaction. In Experiment 2b, there was an effect of sperm concentration on CR (P < 0.01); semen diluted to 3 and 4 × 106 sperm per dose resulted in a lower CR after 2 days of storage (41.1 and 44.7%, respectively) in comparison to frozen-thawed semen (55.2%) but did not differ to CR of semen diluted to 5 × 106 sperm per dose on Day 2 of storage. There was an effect of parity, fertility sub-index and days in milk (DIM) at AI on CR (P < 0.01). In conclusion, N2 bubbling and sperm concentration had no effect on in vitro sperm motility of liquid semen, but this study demonstrated a reduction in CR on Day 2 of storage at lower sperm concentrations in comparison to frozen-thawed semen.
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Seán Fair, Patrick Lonergan, Ciara O'Meara, Bernard Eivers, Edel M Murphy

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Ciara O'Meara
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