Rodriguez-De Lara R.,National Autonomous University of Mexico |
Rodriguez-De Lara R.,Research Center Cientifica Del Estado Of Mexico Ac |
Fallas-Lopez M.,Research Center Cientifica Del Estado Of Mexico Ac |
Garcia-Muniz J.G.,National Autonomous University of Mexico |
And 4 more authors.
Animal Reproduction Science | Year: 2015
Body weight in different mammalian species influences reproductive potential. The aim of the present study was to determine the relationship of body weight at the time of semen collection with libido, seminal characteristics and number of semen doses for artificial insemination (AI) in New Zealand White mature fertile male rabbits. Data came from 728 semen collections of 14 rabbits, 15-months of age that were sexually experienced with proven semen quality and fertility. Semen collection was performed twice a week with two ejaculates at each collection time and lasted 14 weeks. A second ejaculation was collected at 1-2. h after the first. Data from each male from first and second ejaculates from 1 day of semen collection throughout the trial were averaged (n = 324) and partial correlation coefficients and regression equations were estimated to describe the relationship of male body weight to ejaculation reaction time and 12 semen and sperm characteristics. As body weight increased there was a linear (P < 0.05) increase in reaction time, abnormal sperm with an intact membrane and abnormal sperm with a damaged membrane and a linear (P < 0.05) decrease in semen volume, sperm concentration per ejaculate, normal sperm with an intact membrane, number of normal motile sperm with an intact membrane and suitable semen doses for AI. Body weight of the mature male rabbit at semen collection had some influence on libido, semen and sperm characteristics, with a general trend toward a lesser reproduction potential as body weight increases. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. Source
Lara R.R.-D.,National Autonomous University of Mexico |
Lara R.R.-D.,Research Center Cientifica Del Estado Of Mexico Ac |
Noguez-Estrada J.,National Autonomous University of Mexico |
Rangel-Santos R.,National Autonomous University of Mexico |
And 4 more authors.
Animal Reproduction Science | Year: 2010
Female exposure of males could be a low-cost biostimulation option that benefits AI in commercial rabbit operations by improving buck rabbits reproductive performance. The objective of the study was to evaluate exposure of buck rabbits to females as a biostimulation option to improve reproductive potential. Treatments were: exposure (biostimulated) or not (control) of bucks to does. Bucks were New Zealand White, 15-month-old, sexually experienced and fertile. Experimental design was completely random with nine replications, experimental unit was one buck. Doe exposure was permanent using replacement pubertal does housed in an adjacent wire-mesh cage and changed for new ones every other week. Semen collection lasted 14 weeks (late winter and early spring) twice a week with two ejaculates at each collection. Analyses of variance were under a mixed model: treatments, ejaculate number and season were fixed and rabbit random effects and buck weight at each collection as covariable. Biostimulated bucks showed greater (P<0.05) reproductive potential due to: 7% lesser reaction time (greater libido); and increased semen volume (40%), sperm motility (29%), sperm per ejaculate (31%), normal alive motile sperm (65%) and number of semen doses (64%). Semen characteristics differed by season in control bucks but not in doe exposed bucks (treatment × ejaculate number, P<0.05). Reproductive potential in spring was greater (P<0.05) than in winter in both treatments. Doe exposure is a biostimulation method that improves sexual drive and sperm production and quality of buck rabbits. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. Source